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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. 

Senior Nutrition
Many older adults skip meals so they can pay their monthly bills. There are times when some have to decide between buying food and purchasing needed medications. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, can help lessen those hardships by providing a way for older adults to obtain the healthy food they need.
Child Nutrition
A new study recently featured on National Public Radio shows how early experiences with food insecurity may negatively affect children’s academic and social skills when they enter kindergarten years later.
Large majorities of New Yorkers say that lower income people in their area face at least somewhat, if not very, significant challenges regarding food and hunger in being able to afford nutritious food, knowing how to plan healthy meals, having convenient access to healthy food and having adequate transportation to stores according to a special Food Security Survey released today by the Siena College Research Institute
Child Nutrition
Afterschool programs can strengthen their efforts to fight child hunger by collaborating with anti-hunger organizations. Anti-hunger organizations can help guide afterschool programs as they implement nutrition programs, including afterschool meals and summer meals. They can also share their expertise on effective community outreach, marketing and improving meal quality and appeal. In a recent blog from The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Misha Marvel, child nutrition programs specialist for Hunger Solutions New York, and Maureen Fitzgerald, director of advocacy for the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee, answered questions about how to partner with anti-hunger organizations.
General, SNAP
Hunger Solutions New York’s annual SNAP Prescreening Guide has been updated and is available in digital form.
Despite SNAP’s modest benefits - only about $1.40 on average per person per meal - it’s a critical foundation for millions of low-income families, senior citizens, and people with disabilities who use its benefits to put food on the table each month. There are a number of problems with converting SNAP to a block grant, or with other changes that would cap SNAP’s funding or merge it with other programs, as some House Republican leaders have proposed. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities detail these problems in a new blog, paper and a video.
General, Child Nutrition
Hunger Solutions New York today released its annual statewide report on school breakfast participation, School Breakfast: Reducing Child Hunger, Bolstering Student Success.
The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities is highlighting SNAP's powerful reach for many demographic groups including children, seniors, Latino's and African American's. These fact sheets include insightful charts, state specific information, and selected characteristics around participation in SNAP.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has posted 2 recent blogs highlighting research showing how important SNAP (food stamps) and WIC are for children, many of whom face the dual risks of poverty and food insecurity. One in five children live in poverty; one in six live in families that have trouble putting enough food on the table.


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