Governor Kathy Hochul has signed into law the $25 million dollars Restaurant Meals Program Act, which provides opportunities for families in New York State to get free meals from restaurants.
According to Governor Hochul in a post shared on Facebook on Monday, October 3, RMPA was designed to aid both needy New Yorkers and restaurants that were seriously hit by Covid-19 pandemic.
“Many New Yorkers still struggle to get enough food to feed their families. Today we are taking two actions to help vulnerable New Yorkers and help restaurants recover from the pandemic,” said Governor Hochul.
As part of the Act recently signed into law, the governor acknowleged that since restaurants were one of the most hit businesses in the states, through RRP, the twenty-five million dollars package would help to get the affected restaurants back on their track.
“With the new Restaurant Resiliency Program, we’ll help provide a much-needed boost to these businesses while also meeting the needs of our communities,” she said.
“We’re also establishing a statewide restaurant meals program as part of SNAP.
“Signed into law today, the Restaurant Meals Program Act will ensure that those who are most in need in our state can use their benefits and put food on the table,” added.
“We fought incredulously hard to get this $25 million program into the budget based on the experience of food insecurity in our community and the work of organizations including the world central kitchen. We worked with the State to design a program and pressure the Department of Agriculture to move this project forward for months. And now we’re at the rollout and outreach phase of the program. For restaurants, this is a time to rejoice as we provide you all with the much-needed support you’ve been waiting for and begin the next phase of economic recovery that makes sure we feed those in need,” NYS Assemblyman Robert J. Rodriguez said.
For New Yorkers who wish to learn more and apply for this program, go here: https://agriculture.ny.gov/restaurantresiliency