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The Food Bank of Central New York will benefit from a significant boost in the state's Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program.

Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi says the state is providing $34.5 million in funding this year, a $4.5 million increase over last year.

He says working families are increasingly finding themselves among those in need of emergency food assistance.

Brindisi says the increase in funding will allow the Food Bank to provide supplies, nutritional counseling and other services to its network of food banks and pantries throughout the Mohawk Valley region and beyond.

The Food Bank received over $177,000 in state funding in 2013-14.