In the fiscal year that ended June 30, our organization had a part in orchestrating an occurrence of that magnitude. The Nutrition Outreach and Education Program, managed by Hunger Solutions New York, helped 33,005 households receive monthly Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, which help them afford the food they need to stay healthy.
Before receiving SNAP benefits, many of those people routinely went hungry. Senior citizens had to choose between purchasing needed medication and food. Caregivers skipped meals so children would have enough to eat. Students were unable to focus in school, due to lack of consistent nutrition.
Hunger Solutions New York works to ensure all New Yorkers have enough healthy food to eat, every single day. We advocate for policies and legislation that will increase the effectiveness of federal nutrition assistance programs including SNAP, the School Breakfast Program, the Child and Adult Care Food Program and the Summer Food Service Program. Our efforts help increase access to those programs, so more people have the food they need to stay healthy.
To truly understand the scope of our 2016 work, you must envision a table even larger than the one described above -- one that also has places set for the nearly 25,000 New York State students newly able to eat free school meals because they attend a school that, with our organization’s assistance, adopted the Community Eligibility Provision in 2016.
And more plates must be added for all of the children who ate summer meals at more than 3,000 approved sites across our state – an increase of 129 locations since 2015 - brought about, in part, by the work of our organization and its statewide partners.
We gratefully acknowledge all the others, too numerous to mention here, who help us set places at this table including our Board of Directors, funders, donors, partners, and statewide advocates.
As we prepare for the year to come, we invite you to help us set more places at the table. Make a generous year-end contribution to Hunger Solutions New York today. Your donation will help to ensure more children eat school breakfast and healthy meals during summer, and more people in need – including disabled individuals, veterans and documented immigrants, older adults, and children -- are enrolled in nutrition assistance programs. Together we can change even more lives in 2017.
Donate by credit card below, or address your check (payable to Hunger Solutions New York) to:
Hunger Solutions New York14 Computer Drive EastAlbany, NY 12205
Hunger Solutions New York is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Every dollar makes a difference; thank you for joining us in the fight to end hunger in New York.