Paterson Wants $1M in Emergency Food Bank Funds

Saturday, Jan 3, 2009  |  Updated 9:21 AM EDT
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Paterson Wants $1M in Emergency Food Bank Funds

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Visitors eat free lunch at the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen in New York City.

Governor David Paterson is adding a one-time, million-dollar emergency increase in funding for regional food banks across New York.

  That's in addition to a million dollars in emergency funding for food banks the governor authorized last fall.
 
Paterson says the money comes from a discretionary fund that the governor can spend without authorization from the Legislature. Officials say there was a 35 percent increase in the number of people applying for food aid last year.
 
The emergency funding for food banks announced Friday is in addition to the $30.9 million for food banks, soup kitchens, food pantries, and emergency shelters the governor proposed in his budget for next year.

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