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News & Action Center

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
In this newsletter you will find: updated tools and resources with the 2017 SNAP Time Limit Waiver list; several SNAP policy updates; information on who benefits from SNAP in NYS and more...
Child Nutrition
For the 1.6 million NYS students who may rely on healthy school meals, time off from school can mean coping with food hardship. Fortunately, some sponsors of afterschool and summer meals have the option to serve meals on weekends and during school breaks. With winter and spring breaks approaching, we urge sponsors to explore the opportunity to serve meals during those times.
General, SNAP
Ben Driscoll, Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP) coordinator for Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties, shared the following story about young parents he helped to enroll for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
General, SNAP
Our newest Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP) Coordinators met in Albany during January for a three-day training
SNAP
Disabled New Yorkers rank among our most vulnerable populations, often burdened with enormous medical bills, and mental and physical restrictions that make holding down a job difficult or impossible. Many of these people find themselves having to choose between paying their monthly bills and getting proper nutrition. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can help to lessen that worry by stretching food dollars for low-income individuals and families. The Nutrition Application and Education Program (NOEP), managed by Hunger Solutions New York, can help to simplify the SNAP education process for people with disabilities.
General, Child Nutrition
This edition features info on: upcoming state trainings for serving meals to kids after school, during summer and while in child care; recent summer meals webinar for libraries; our new ChildCareMealsNY.org and AfterschoolMealsNY.org websites; summer meals sponsor survey results; our soon-to-be-released school breakfast report, and more!
Child Nutrition
Last July, less than 1 in 3 kids and teens who relied on school meals to power their learning had access to healthy meals through the Summer Food Service Program. Share the schedule of these regional trainings to end summertime hunger in your community: raise awareness, provide space to one of our state’s summer meals sponsors, or serve snacks or meals to fortify your summer program. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of 348 sponsors, kids and teens throughout New York State were able to eat at over 3,000 locations, including parks, pools, playgrounds, recreation centers, schools, camps, housing authorities, libraries, and other places in their neighborhoods.
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.

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