Child Nutrition Programs

More than 938,000 New York State children are food insecure, meaning they lack dependable, consistent access to the nutritious foods they need. Being food insecure can significantly impact a child’s health and well-being.

Hunger Solutions New York provides resources to help ensure young New Yorkers have enough to eat every day. Our organization also helps community-based organizations to establish, or enhance, participation in federally funded child nutrition programs.

Following is a brief overview of the child-related nutrition assistance programs on which we focus, with links to more detailed information. Links to other child nutrition programs are included as well. 

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP provides a nutritional safety net to children in low-income families. Monthly SNAP benefits are automatically deposited in participants’ accounts. Using a special debit card, participants can buy groceries at participating stores and farmers' markets. SNAP benefits are free to those who meet eligibility and application requirements. 

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

The NSLP allows schools to provide nutritious lunches to all students every school day. Students who qualify under income guidelines can receive lunch for free or at a reduced price.

The School Breakfast Program (SBP)

The SBP allows schools to provide a nutritious breakfast to all students every school day. Students who qualify under income guidelines can receive breakfast for free or at a reduced price.

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) 

The SFSP provides free meals and snacks to all children ages 18 and under who might otherwise go hungry during summer, when school meals are not available. Meal sites, found at places where children gather when school is out, may serve breakfast, lunch, supper, a snack, or a combination of meals. 

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

CACFP provides funding for nutritious meals and snacks for certain children in licensed or approved childcare centers, afterschool programs, and homeless and domestic violence shelters. Adults attending adult day care center programs can also receive CACFP benefits.

ADDITIONAL CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAMS: 

The Special Supplemental Food Program For Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

WIC provides nutritious foods, nutrition education and healthcare access to low-income, nutritionally at-risk pregnant, post-partum, and/or breastfeeding women, as well as infants and children age four and younger. 

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP)

FFVP exposes students to different fruits and vegetables, creates a healthier school environment, and promotes healthy eating habits. 

 

Child Stats
  • 1.6M
    New York State students qualify for free and reduced-price school lunch.
  • 293,428
    Children in New York State received summer lunch in July 2015 through the Summer Food Service Program.
  • 39%
    Of all New York State SNAP recipients are children.
  • 566,267
    Low-income students eat school breakfast every day. This leaves over one million students not eating school breakfast who could eat for free or at a reduced-price.
  • 143,450
    Low-income youth participated in CACFP's At-Risk After-school Snack/Supper Program, on average during the 2013-14 school year.
  • 45.88%
    Of students qualified to eat free or reduced-price school meals participated in both school lunch and breakfast.