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Hunger Solutions New York is a caring and informed voice for hungry New Yorkers. This section will be updated as important news, legislative information, and SNAP policy alerts become available. To have information and alerts be sent directly to your e-mail, sign up for our RSS feed. 

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A new report and commentary from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities looks at the House Budget Committee 2018 budget plan that will set a framework for budget, tax, and appropriations bills to follow. Media accounts indicate that it will use the fast-track “budget reconciliation” process to mandate substantial cuts in entitlements — one news report puts the figure at $200 billion — which are likely to come primarily from a range of low-income programs, such as food assistance through SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps), basic assistance and employment services through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, and other supports for low- and moderate-income people. Those calling for deep cuts in basic assistance for people of limited means commonly use two arguments to defend their proposals — that spending on these programs is “out of control” and that the cuts constitute “welfare reform” that will help people get jobs. Both claims are specious.
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Millions of Americans live with disabilities. Having a disability can raise expenses and make it harder for people with disabilities and their caregivers to work, put food on the table, and afford adequate health care. While programs like Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Medicaid, and Medicare provide critical support to many of those with disabilities, the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s (SNAP) nutrition benefits for the economic well-being and food security of low-income people with disabilities is less recognized.
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President Trump’s budget threatens to turn back the pages of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)’s success story, back to a time when we didn’t combat hunger as a national problem; when communities were left to fight hunger alone with uneven and unjust results. Let’s not turn back, let’s keep SNAP strong, and the story of our fight against hunger moving forward.
Federal, SNAP
The president’s FY 2018 budget proposes $193 billion in cuts to SNAP over the next 10 years. These cuts, which would slash SNAP by an unprecedented 25 percent, will dismantle a proven and effective program that provides a path out of hunger and poverty for millions of New Yorkers.
Child Nutrition
Hunger Solutions New York has released a new Child Nutrition Newsletter to bring you the latest on summer meals, afterschool meals, and getting ready for next year's school meals. This edition features information about promoting summer meals, applying for the Community Eligibility Provision for next year, adding a nutritional component to afterschool enrichment programs, the latest reports on summer meals and school breakfast, and more!
General, Federal, SNAP, SNAP
The Fiscal Policy Institute and Hunger Solutions New York have teamed up to issue a joint press release highlighting a report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities that quantifies the impact of the Trump Administration's proposed SNAP cuts to New York. Over 10 years, New York would be expected to absorb $8.5 billion in SNAP costs or restrict the program to meet the
Child Nutrition, Child Nutrition
The Child Nutrition Program Administration (CNPA) at the State Education Department will be enhancing the existing Child Nutrition Management System and related Direct Certification Matching Process (DCMP). Beginning July 1, 2017, the CNPA will be launching a new functionality to move the DCMP from the local level to the State level.
SNAP
Nearly 67 million people in the United States are age 60 and older, and are eligible for a number of government programs designed to assist with basic life needs. Despite their eligibility for these benefits, about 6.3 million seniors, or 9 percent of seniors, live below the poverty level. Many live on fixed incomes and have limited financial means to afford expenses such as food, medical, or housing costs. Many are also disabled or take care of children. For these seniors, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) plays an important role.
General, Federal, SNAP
Read Hunger Solutions New York's statement on the proposed budget cuts to SNAP, and read/watch news clips featuring Hunger Solutions New York staff.
SNAP
President Trump’s 2018 budget proposes to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) by more than $193 billion over the next ten years — a more than 25 percent cut — through a massive cost shift to states, cutting eligibility for millions of households and reducing benefits for hundreds of thousands more, as highlighted in a new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The unemployed, the elderly, and low-income working families with children would bear the brunt of the cuts.

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