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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. 

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Growing up as the youngest of 17 children taught Arthur Lee Butler skills that serve him well to this day. “I learned collaboration and negotiation,” our recently hired contract manager said with a smile. In his new position, Arthur oversees the daily management of 17 Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP) Coordinators.
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Once winter comes, work slows down or stops all together for many New Yorkers. Construction workers, farm workers and others with seasonal jobs often struggle to make ends meet when the weather turns cold. People who have trouble affording enough food during slow work times may be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. SNAP helps more than 462,000 working families in New York buy groceries.
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The holiday season is traditionally a time when our nation pays special attention to alleviating hunger. Yet hunger is a year-round phenomenon. Shortly after the holiday season ends, the new Congress and President-elect Trump will be sworn in and begin making key decisions on programs that affect the lives of so many who are food-insecure. We call on them to recommit America to one of its most important and widely agreed-upon beliefs with deep and long-standing bipartisan support – that nobody in our nation should go hungry. Nearly 3 million people struggle with hunger in New York State alone. More than 900,000 of them are children.
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Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP) Coordinator Hindy Horowitz passed away Nov. 7, leaving behind a legacy of hard work and compassion. Hindy worked with NOEP, managed by Hunger Solutions New York, for approximately 15 years, as both a coordinator and supervisor, at Nachas Health and Family Network in Brooklyn.
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NYS Network for Youth Success and the NYS Department of Health – partners in Hunger Solutions New York’s ongoing CACFP outreach efforts – hosted a new webinar encouraging afterschool program providers to serve healthy meals and snacks through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
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Read the latest about the work going on at Hunger Solutions New York. Highlights include information on our upcoming New York State Anti-Hunger Conference, how SNAP and HEAP help in winter, and more.
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Children’s HealthWatch's new Report Card on Food Security Among Young Children focuses on the millions of children in families experiencing hidden food stress, technically referred to as marginal food security, who face health and development risks.
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Hunger Solutions New York is honored to be a member of the New York State Council on Hunger and Food Policy, which held its first meeting Oct. 7. Newly established by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the council will play a key role in advising the state on programs to improve access to healthy, locally grown food in New York. It will build on the work of the New York State Council on Food Policy, which convened in 2007, and the Anti-Hunger Task Force, which convened in 2013.
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Winter made an early appearance in New York State. The cold weather forces many people to choose between keeping their home at a safe temperature and buying the food they need to stay healthy. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) can make it possible to do both. Our Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP) Coordinators are available statewide to help eligible people apply for SNAP, and can also give referrals for HEAP.
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This article by the Washington post highlights a new study released by a group of campus-based organizations around the nation’s most comprehensive survey to date on food insecurity on college campuses. The report finds that nearly half of the students surveyed were food insecure and 22% qualified as hungry, meaning that they had the very lowest levels of food security. The report, “Hunger on Campus,” is based on a nationwide survey of college students, the broadest study on this issue to date. The study sample includes nearly 3,800 students in 12 states attending eight community colleges and 26 four-year colleges and universities. The report is authored by a collection of campus-based groups, including the College and University Food Bank Alliance, the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness, the Student Government Resource Center, and the Student Public Interest Research Groups.

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