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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
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.
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.

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