FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 18, 2017

Media Contact: Kelly de la Rocha
(518) 436-8757 x101
kelly.delarocha@hungersolutionsny.org

Hunger Solutions New York Commends Governor Cuomo for continued focus on anti-hunger initiatives in State of the State proposals

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.”

The governor’s plan includes a proposal to keep the Home Energy Assistance Program available year-round. That effort will, in turn, allow more families to receive additional Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to help them better afford food at times when high utility costs strain an already tight household budget.

In addition, the proposals take steps to ensure children in need are well nourished by school meals that contain fresh, local foods; and that families in more communities have access to fresh produce and other healthy foods.

The proposals also provide an opportunity for increased emphasis on SNAP outreach, which will help more of the state’s most vulnerable individuals to receive needed nutrition assistance.

Hunger Solutions New York manages one of the country’s largest state- and federally-funded SNAP outreach, education and application assistance programs – the Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP). Community-based outreach workers across the state, funded through NOEP, provide free, one-on-one services to connect people with nutrition assistance programs that help them to put food on the table. The governor has recommended level funding for NOEP in his 2017-2018 budget.

The governor has also recommended level funding for outreach and education for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) in his budget. In 2016, Hunger Solutions New York entered into a five-year contract with the New York State Office of Child and Family Services to conduct outreach and increase participation in CACFP, which offers meal reimbursements to help a variety of organizations and programs, including day care centers and afterschool programs, to serve nutritious meals and snacks to children in their care.

Recent national reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Food Research and Action Center collectively underscore the need for continued expansion of and improved access to federal nutrition programs including SNAP, school and summer meals and CACFP in New York State.

Hunger Solutions New York is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating hunger. We promote awareness of hunger in communities across the state, awareness about programs that address hunger, full participation in hunger assistance programs for all who are eligible, public policies that contribute to ending hunger, and public awareness of the economic benefit of anti-hunger programs.

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