Our Work

CDF-NY advocates for anti-poverty policies like those outlined in the CDF's groundbreaking report, Ending Child Poverty Now, including ensuring barrier-free access to existing income supports; promoting increased coordination between benefit applications (such as Express Lane eligibility which connects SNAP and Medicaid enrollment); ensuring the receipt of supports—especially child support— does not negatively affect a family’s access to other needed benefits; advocating for a fairer minimum wage; and expanding educational and employment opportunities for New York’s working youth and families. In a state with a 5.5 percent unemployment rate, where almost 16 percent of workers rely on SNAP to secure basic needs, these types of policies work toward our goal of protecting all children from the ills of poverty.