For more than thirty years, Hunger Solutions New York has worked tirelessly to be a caring and informed voice for hungry New Yorkers.
Through our work on five essential federal nutrition programs, we help thousands of people have consistent access to food. We also advocate for policies that make these programs more effective. We work to not only alleviate hunger today, but to find long-term solutions to address hunger in the future.
With the holiday season upon us, so is the generous outpouring of support for those who struggle to put food on their tables. The holidays can be an exceptionally difficult time for those in need, and that is why we need your help to sustain our organization’s important work.
As 2019 comes to a close, we are honored to reflect on some of our achievements:
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Through our Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP), we offer confidential, one-on-one assistance in SNAP enrollment. This past fiscal year, which ended June 2019, NOEP helped more than 26,000 households enroll in SNAP. Our Public Affairs team continues efforts to protect and defend SNAP against several attempted cuts at the federal level. We also provided recommendations to strengthen SNAP outreach and enrollment on college campuses across the state as a member of the State University of New York’s (SUNY) Food Insecurity Taskforce.
I thought, ‘I’ll figure it out; I’ll make a way; I’ll do it.’ But then it just gets to the point where it’s like, ‘You can’t do this by yourself,’ and SNAP is there to help.
School Breakfast Program
It’s just really important to make sure the kids eat, because there’s a lot of things in the world that make them worry, and hunger shouldn’t be one of them when we have the ability to feed them.
— Ebony Green, principal, Vails Gate High Tech Magnet School, Newburgh Enlarged City School District
The School Breakfast Program is an important tool to fight childhood hunger. On an average school day, over 500,000 low-income students participate in free or reduced-price school breakfast. Starting this year, more than 400,000 eligible students have access to no-cost breakfast and lunch because of the elimination of the reduced-price copay passed in the 2019-20 state budget.
Child and Adult Food Care Program and Afterschool Meals (CACFP)
CACFP provides funding and support for child care and afterschool programs to serve healthy meals and snacks to children and teens in their care. To simplify and streamline access to CACFP, we produced the first ever Afterschool Meals Guide for prospective and current CACFP providers and sites. We are encouraged that CACFP’s afterschool meals participation increased by 2.4% during the 2018 federal fiscal year; however, we continue to seek new opportunities to grow interest and participation in CACFP.
We are ensuring that 1,200 youth have nutritious meals every day. We don’t know what they have at home, but we can be sure that before they go home, they are fed.
– Patrick Doyle, CEO, Troy Boys and Girls Club
We see this as a natural extension of our work with children and families and had great feedback from all of our patrons who see this as another mark of how deeply invested the library is in our community.
—Christian Zabriskie, Administrator, Grinton I. Will Library, Yonkers Public Library
When school is out for the summer, many food-insecure children lose access to essential school meals. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) helps close the nutrition gap between school years so that students are ready to learn year-round. To support growth in SFSP, we produced the Summer Food Service Program Status Report, the only report of its kind to look comprehensively at SFSP participation across the state. In 2019, 381 organizations were approved to sponsor 3,050 sites across the state, providing nutritious meals to about one in three children and teens who rely on healthy school meals.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
We are making a difference in helping pregnant women, new moms and young children access benefits through the WIC in New York State. Our WIC Help New York program—including a network of 10 community-based outreach workers covering 20 counties, as well as statewide information and education—helped over 1,600 people receive WIC benefits this year.
At Hunger Solutions New York, we devote all of our energy to ensuring every New Yorker has enough to eat, every single day. Please join our mission and make a generous year-end contribution today. Your donation will help us expand our efforts in all these impactful and vital federal nutrition programs, and help us serve more New Yorkers.
Remember this December – hunger is solvable. But only if we work together.
Donate by credit card below, or address your check (payable to Hunger Solutions New York) to:
Hunger Solutions New York
14 Computer Drive East
Albany, NY 12205
Hunger Solutions New York is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Every dollar makes a difference; thank you for joining us in the fight to end hunger in New York.