Food Action Board Program

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No social movement in history has succeeded without engaging the people it’s fighting for, which is why our Food Action Board (FAB) program – which mobilizes food insecure New Yorkers to advocate on their own behalf – is the cornerstone of our advocacy effort at Hunger Free NYC.

The goal of the FAB program is to enable community members to develop the leadership, advocacy, and community organizing skills to stand up for their rights and speak out on their own behalf. Members play leadership roles in the effort to promote food security and economic opportunity through:

Visiting and lobbying leading elected officials

 Speaking out to the national and local news media

Presenting at and attending community events

These efforts push to create more living wage jobs and ensure that everyone and every neighborhood has access to affordable, nutritious food.

Listen to the FAB Members talk about their personal experiences with the program:

How We Do It 

Food Action Board members meet every two weeks to (1) train and (2) take action. Hunger Free America offers a series of trainings and leadership development opportunities including:

Help Through Emergency Food

Basics of Government and How Laws are Made 

Economics, Poverty, and Food Insecurity

Communication Techniques and Public Speaking 

Letter Writing  and Phone Banking

"Being a FAB member has empowered me with knowledge to advocate for healthy habits, to gain accessibility to high quality products at low cost, and also to attain the techniques for the preparation of healthy meals for my family, me, and people that I care about. Also being a FAB member has given me the opportunity to meet wonderful people that work together as a family to advocate for healthy nutrition, health, and the well-being of others." – Fanny Lopez

Sign Up

We are always looking for new members and partners. If you are interested in joining, please email Filomena Acevedo at

View Our FAB Members in Action: