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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. 

SNAP
This newest SNAP policy update from Hunger Solutions New York highlights the policies and procedures for the NYS ABAWD Time Limit Rule that began in many counties on January 1, 2016.
SNAP
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has released a statement from Bob Greenstein on the FY 2018 House budget resolutions that is being marked up today. The budget plan is broadly similar in direction and theme to President Trump’s budget: cutting trillions of dollars from basic assistance, health programs, and core investments in our economy; promising both big tax cuts and so-called deficit-neutral “tax reform” without providing any specifics for how those tax cuts would be paid for; and relying on rosy economic assumptions to show a balanced budget by 2027 on paper. As a statement of a fiscal vision for the nation, the plan is exceptionally harsh: its steep cuts in entitlement and non-defense discretionary programs would hit low- and moderate-income families hard and disinvest in areas important for long-term economic growth. This vision is broadly similar to that reflected in House Republican budgets put forward since 2011. In short, this is not a fiscal blueprint that will aid struggling families, bolster communities left behind, or help more Americans have a shot at the American dream. It’s a blueprint that asks the most from those who have the least and would leave us a coarser nation and one less prepared for future economic challenges.
SNAP
This new article, in Modern Farmer, looks at who will be hurt by the proposed cuts to SNAP in the Presidents FY 2018 Budget Proposal. The 42 million Americans—13 percent of the population—who currently receive SNAP benefits, which include low income families, the elderly, people with disabilities, and those who have lost a job are the most obvious. They receive an average of about $4.17 per day, or $1.39 per meal. SNAP plays a role in the broader economy, providing an expanded customer base to grocers and farmers, for example. It’s also a safety net that keeps people off the streets, out of hospitals, and away from illicit activity. When money for food is a constant concern for millions of people, taxpayers ultimately foot the bill for the associated increase in healthcare costs, homeless shelters, and incarceration. Here’s who’s going to feel the hurt.
Senior Nutrition, SNAP
Benefits Data Trust (BDT) is releasing this first publication in a series of papers that outlines how increased access to SNAP impacts health and healthcare costs. Older adults who receive SNAP are less likely to be admitted into the hospital, according to this new research paper published in Population Health Management journal out of Thomas Jefferson University. This study demonstrates the significant impact that increased SNAP participation can have on healthcare utilization and costs.
General, SNAP
At the Coalition On Human Needs (CHN) they know the importance of working together and fighting for what’s right with one voice. Yesterday CHN released a sign on letter with more than 1,500 national, state and local groups from every state standing together to send a message to every member of Congress. With leadership from CHN, the groups – including service providers, faith groups, labor and civil rights organizations, environmentalists and more – representing millions of Americans, urged Congress to reject the draconian cuts in President Trump’s FY18 budget proposal. Instead, CHN and it's partners are working together to urge Congress to produce a budget that moves us toward opportunity for all, that safeguards and advances our basic living standards, and that protects our environment.
General
Hunger Solutions New York is now accepting applications for a Communications Specialist. To learn more about the position and to apply for this job, please download the full job description.
SNAP
Standing among area farmers who accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits from low-income families looking to purchase fresh produce, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Saturday spoke out against proposed cuts to the program commonly known as food stamps.
SNAP
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.
SNAP
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.
SNAP
Due to recent flooding and power outages in areas of NYS we want to alert SNAP (food stamp) recipients about replacement SNAP benefits. Current SNAP recipients who lost food purchased with their SNAP/EBT card due to flooding or a power outage of more than 4 hours may be eligible for replacement SNAP benefits.

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