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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 Washington Post Op-ed, by Jared Bernstein and Ben Spielberg from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, highlights research that estimates that a $30 boost to SNAP benefits would increase vegetable consumption.
SNAP
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) is the nation’s most important anti-hunger program, reaching 44 million people nationwide in 2016 alone. This fact sheet by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities(CBPP) provide NYS data on who participates in the SNAP program, the benefits they receive, and SNAP’s role in strengthening the economy.
SNAP
On January 1, 2016, NYS reinstated a rule that restricts unemployed, childless adults to three months of SNAP benefits in a 36-month period ending December 31, 2018, unless they meet strict work rules, are exempt, or live in waived area. This policy update explains the process by which a person determined to be an ABAWD and who has lost their SNAP benefits, due to not complying with the time limit work rules, can re-establish their eligibility for SNAP.
SNAP
On Jan. 1, 2016, NYS reinstated a rule that restricts unemployed, childless adults to three months of SNAP benefits through December 2018, unless they meet strict work rules, are exempt, or live in waived area. In federal regulations, the rule is referred to as Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD).
SNAP
On January 1, 2017, the Social Security Administration adjusted the following types of social security income including: federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI), regular Social Security (SS) income, and Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) to reflect a 0.3% increase in the cost of living (COLA).
General, General
ALBANY, NY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo has identified some innovative strategies to address hunger in his 2017 State of the State proposals. “Hunger Solutions New York supports the governor’s plan,” said Linda Bopp, executive director of Hunger Solutions New York, a statewide organization dedicated to alleviating hunger among all New Yorkers. “We are encouraged to see multiple proposals in the 2017-18 agenda that could help ensure more New Yorkers have the nutrition they need to live a healthy, productive life.”
General, SNAP
A recent research brief by the Food Bank For NYC highlights the continued increase need at food pantries and soup kitchens in New York City three years after the SNAP program was cut throughout the nation.
Child Nutrition
Our CACFP outreach partner New York State Network for Youth Success has developed a month-long agenda of webinars, Twitter chats, and other opportunities for programs and providers to learn about serving afterschool meals through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
SNAP
Hunger Solutions New York utilizes an innovative web-based tool called mRelief to help Long Island residents quickly determine if they may be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). MRelief was recently featured in a Chicago Tribune article, which reported that in 2016, the tool connected 100,000 families nationwide to social services.

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