There are two political parties in the USA - the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. They both suck.
The Republicans are, basically, evil. They support big business and do not care about providing any social services to people who might need them. They don't care about the poor at all and issues of equality are not important to them.
The Democrats are, basically, corrupt (dishonest). Lots of democratic politicians get thrown in jail for various reasons and they provide lots and lots and lots of social services when they have power, and this is how they get votes. They do not do anything to eliminate poverty, they use the poor to stay in office. The poor have to keep voting for them because they desperately need the services the Democrats are giving them. Free housing, free food, free medical care etc.
New York State has a governor (leader) who loves, loves, loves, loves using NY State and US tax dollars to give away free stuff to poor folks.
As you can see from the article below, he is giving away 400,000 daily free meals to poor children this summer. He has no plans to help the parents of these children get jobs, go to school or make money.
What is even more ridiculous is that he was offering 400,000 free meals a day and only 30% of the poor children eligible for the meals ate them. So the program wasn't even really necessary - 70% of the people thought to need the service did not even accept the service. The food and money was just wasted. It should have been a much smaller program, but it's not Mr. Cuomo's money so who cares. NY State has the highest tax rate in the country in large part because Mr. Cuomo does STUPID stuff like this. He wants to be president some day.
400,000 children who don't have parents who can buy them food is a CRISIS (a terrible situation that has to be taken care of). We should be looking for the underlying causes of this crisis and trying to end poverty. But this would not help Governor Cuomo to potentially become president of the United States. So he will not be tackling (addressing/trying to solve the problem of) poverty any time soon.
Here is a message from the Governor:
Vocabulary to help you read this message:
to remind - to repeat something so that it will be fresh in a person's mind
drawing to a close - coming to an end
to be or remain eligible for s/t - to be qualified for something, to be able to be a part of something
nutritious - food which is good for one's health
fills a gap - meets a need that isn't being met
a proclamation - a formal announcement
to highlight an issue - to call attention to an issue
vital - essential, necessary for life
federally funded - so Cuomo got this money from the US government
only an estimated 3 out of 10 eligible students are being fed - this means that most students who can use the program are not using the program because they don't need it. So the program isn't even necessary, but Cuomo wants to run it anyway to make himself seem more popular.
disseminating information - giving out or spreading information
a food pantry or soup kitchen - a food pantry is a place in a city where people can come and pick up free food. A soup kitchen is where people can come and get a free hot meal (it is called a soup kitchen but soup is usually not served).
migrant programs - I am guessing these are programs that travel around