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Hunger in NYS

Right now, in your community, children go to school without breakfast, adults skip meals to pay for housing and energy, and older adults struggle to afford food and medications.

In 2014, New York State ranked among the top 20 states with the worst food hardship, according to the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), a national nonprofit organization working to eradicate hunger in the United States.

More than 3 million New Yorkers rely on nutrition assistance programs all year long to feed themselves and their families. Nearly 1 million of them are children.

In this section
Many New Yorkers face hunger. Find out the statistics, the populations affected and the impacts of hunger across the state.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the largest nutrition assistance program in the country. There are also specific nutrition programs for children and older adults.
Learn how nutrition assistance programs have made a difference in the lives of New Yorkers.