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March Organizational Newsletter

March 02, 2017
Kelly de la Rocha
Get involved! 
Make noise about our school breakfast report! 
Our statewide school breakfast report will be released March 8. Findings show New York State is failing to reach our most vulnerable students with a healthy morning meal. We need your help to raise awareness about our report and the need for improved school breakfast access. 

We’ve launched an awareness initiative using Thunderclap, a website that enables people to dedicate a pre-determined message to Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr. The message will post in each participant's news feed March 8 at 9 a.m., in order to achieve maximum effect. There is no charge to participate.

Visit our Thunderclap page to dedicate a post. Note: You must click a red button on our Thunderclap page to pledge your support.

2017 NYS Anti-Hunger Conference logoRegister now!
Anti-Hunger Conference attendees list is growing!
Early bird registration has ended, but there's still time to reserve your spot at this day-long event dedicated to seeking solutions to hunger in New York State. Workshop topics will include:  
  • The federal policy landscape for SNAP and other nutrition programs
  • SNAP: a deeper look at this important, effective and efficient program
  • Maximizing school breakfast and summer meals participation for children
  • Innovative local and statewide efforts to address hunger in New York
  • Much more!  READ MORE
New research:
State's rank drops in FRAC school breakfast report, despite breakfast participation increase

New York State’s national ranking for reaching low-income students with school breakfast dropped from 39th in the 2014-2015 school year to 42nd in the 2015-2016 school year, in the annual School Breakfast Scorecard released by the Food Research & Action Center, a national anti-hunger advocacy group.

Although the state’s ranking dropped, the report placed New York State among the top 10 states for its percentage of growth in free and reduced-price breakfast participation. READ MORE

NOEP news:
Contract Managers conduct site visits
Our Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP) Contract Managers work with NOEP Coordinators statewide to ensure their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program outreach is efficient and effective. Support services include instructional webinars, conferences, one-on-one support and periodic site visits.

February site visits included stops in Ulster and Dutchess counties, to meet with NOEP Coordinators Elena Dalia, based at Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess County, and Jaclyn Moore, at Hudson Valley Community Services. Thanks to all of our NOEP Coordinators for their dedication to alleviating hunger in our state!

Jaclyn Moore
Elena Dalia
Promoting access to healthy meals:
National CACFP Week activities planned

Hunger Solutions New York is joining in nationwide efforts to promote the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) during this year’s National CACFP Week, March 12-18. Through a series of blog and social media posts, we will highlight resources and action steps to help potential program sponsors and community messengers learn more about CACFP, connect with local partners, and get involved in efforts to increase program participation. READ MORE

School breakfast funding opportunity:
2017-18 grants available
through Action for Healthy Kids

Help your school, school wellness council and school health team fund its ideas for increasing access to school breakfast with a school breakfast grant of up to $3,000. "Game On" grants, which fund other initiatives to improve student health, are also available for the 2017-2018 school year. 



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