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Colleges are beginning to address food insecurity on campus, but byzantine government regulations and impossible criteria are making it difficult for hungry students to get ahead. The 2017 "Hungry and Homeless in College" report from the Wisconsin HOPE Lab indicates that up to two-thirds of college students aren't eating enough food. Though schools are making college accessible to first-generation and lower-income students, scholarships are not enough. While there have been no widespread studies on the effects of food insecurity at the college level, a number of smaller studies can help paint a picture of the effects of food insecurity: among them, higher likelihood to experience stress, lower grade point averages, and an almost 10 percent reduction in the likelihood of obtaining their degree.
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SNAP (formerly food stamps) should be a “hand-up,” not a “permanent lifestyle,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said recently. But SNAP, which President Trump’s budget would cut by $193 billion over the next decade, is a hand-up to millions of workers. As a recent report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) explains, millions of Americans work in jobs with low wages, inconsistent schedules, and no benefits such as paid sick leave — all of which contribute to high turnover and spells of unemployment. Many of these people get help putting food on the table through SNAP, which supplements low wages, smooths out income volatility due to changing work hours, and supports workers and their families while they’re between jobs.
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In a powerful new op-ed in TIME today, Rep. Joe Kennedy and Peter Edelman discuss what cuts to SNAP and other safety net programs would mean for our country.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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The Anti-Hunger Champion Award honors New York State leaders who have taken strategic and decisive steps to reduce hunger in our state and beyond. We are pleased to present the 2017 award to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in recognition of her tireless efforts to protect and defend the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), strengthen core child nutrition programs, and to ensure every New Yorker has access to enough healthy food.

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