A group of community leaders and hunger advocates, including celebrity chefs, gathered Wednesday to demand the defeat of a new farm bill that would cut food stamp funding.
The bill would cut about 1 percent of the food stamp program and continue most subsidies for big farmers.
It's also expected to pass the Senate.
Opponents at the home of the Xavier Mission said that the cuts are aimed disproportionately at New York, and will harm vulnerable families who rely on food stamps.
"We can ill afford this cut," said Public Advocate Letitia James. "And it's important to note that they are making a conscious effort to transfer wealth from New York to another state."
"We just got to feed people," said Marc Murphy of Benchmarc Restaurants. "I mean, this is America, for God's sakes. We got to be able to do this, and I think our leaders in D.C. have to understand that, and we need to make them know that we need their help."
The bill has already been passed by the House of Representatives.