During the 2011 holiday season, Catholic Charities joined the Food Bank of New York City in their Paper Plate Campaign. With federal emergency and food stamp programs facing the risk of reduced funding, recipients of these benefits are often left vulnerable.
In an attempt to illustrate the potential impact of these budget cuts, our clients shared their stories on paper plates, personally describing how this legislation would affect their families. Our agency successfully collected and delivered over 1,600 plates to Washington to gain the attention of law makers. The Paper Plate Campaign proudly accomplished its mission, thereby stopping congress from cutting The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens continues their advocacy efforts to ensure that the programs our clients rely on most continue to be adequately funded.