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April 2017 Organizational Newsletter

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April 2017 Organizational Newsletter

April 13, 2017
By
Kelly de la Rocha
 
NYS Anti-Hunger Conference update:
Announcing our keynote speaker

James D. Weill, President, Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)

Since February 1998, Mr. Weill has been president of FRAC, a national nonprofit organization working to eradicate poverty-related hunger and undernutrition in the United States. He has devoted his entire professional career to reducing hunger and poverty, protecting the legal rights of children and poor people, and expanding economic security, income and nutrition support programs, and health insurance coverage. Read his full bio.

The New York State Anti-Hunger Conference will be held on May 17th in Albany, and will feature speakers, workshops and plenary sessions that delve into the latest hunger research and explore ways to strengthen our nation’s nutrition assistance programs. REGISTER TODAY!

Coming in July:
NOEP request for proposals

This summer, Hunger Solutions New York will solicit proposals for the Nutrition Outreach and Education Program. Community-based nonprofit organizations will have the opportunity to apply for a contract to provide free, confidential Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program information, education, prescreening and application services to low-income New Yorkers. 
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Newly released!
Our school breakfast report
Our annual analysis on school breakfast participation, School Breakfast: Reducing Child Hunger, Bolstering Student Successfinds that school breakfast continues to be underutilized across New York State. While there has been growth in the program, it has been offset by the increasing number of students who qualify to eat school breakfast for free or at a reduced price. In the 2015-2016 school year, fewer than one in three students who qualified to eat free or reduced-price breakfast participated in the School Breakfast Program. READ MORE
Now available:
2016-17 SNAP Prescreening Guide
Hunger Solutions New York’s annual SNAP Prescreening Guide has been updated and is available online.

The new guide reflects the Oct. 1, 2016, changes to the federal poverty levels used to determineSupplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility, and the standards and deductions used to determine monthly benefits. It also highlights SNAP policy changes that occurred between Oct. 2015 and Sept. 2016. 
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Advocacy and education:
Bringing the fight against hunger to Capitol Hill
Hunger Solutions New York staff joined 1,300 anti-hunger advocates in Washington, D.C. in March, for the Anti-Hunger Policy Conference sponsored by Food Research and Action Center and Feeding America. Our organization, in partnership with the Food Bank for NYC, organized a statewide sign-on letter urging New York’s Congressional Delegation to hold federal nutrition programs harmless from funding cuts, block grants, and other harmful changes that will limit access. These critical programs are based upon deep and long-standing bipartisan support – rooted in the prevailing notion that no one in our nation should go hungry. During the Lobby Day held as part of the conference, each member of the NY delegation received a copy of the letter, signed by more than 250 organizations across New York. 
Hunger Solutions New York staff at the Anti-Hunger Policy Conference, March 6th, 2017. 
Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY) receives our sign-on letter and school breakfast report. Pictured from left to right with Tonko: Hunger Solutions New York staff members Misha Marvel, Sherry Tomasky and Dawn Secor; public affairs intern Kara Williams, and REAL Change Fellow Kassandra Martinchek.
NOEP News:
Older adults stay healthy with SNAP
Hunger is a reality for many of our state’s older adults.

When older people reduce their food intake because of physical or financial restrictions, they risk their ability to maintain an independent, healthy lifestyle. Many older adults skip meals so they can pay their bills. Some have to decide between buying food and purchasing needed medications.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can help lessen those hardships by providing a way for older adults to obtain the healthy food they need.

Free, confidential, one-on-one SNAP information, education, prescreening and application assistance is available through the Nutrition Outreach and Education Program, managed by Hunger Solutions New York. READ MORE

Act now! 
Sign up to host or sponsor summer meals
More than one million students rely on school meals statewide, but once school’s out for the summer, many of those kids go hungry.

Hunger Solutions New York staff works with the NYS Education Department to help ensure as many low-income children as possible get the nutrition they need through the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program. We partner with organizations statewide to generate new meal sites and sponsors, and to educate communities about the program. 

Organizations interested in becoming a summer meals site or sponsor can find information and assistance at SummerMealsNY.org. Community members can visit the site during the summer months to find local sites that serve free meals.

 

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