For thirty years Hunger Solutions New York has worked tirelessly to be a caring and informed voice for hungry New Yorkers.
We believe no one should have to worry where they will get their next meal. We are fighting hunger not only today but also finding long-term solutions to address hunger in the future.
Through our work, on five essential federal nutrition programs, described below, we help thousands of people have consistent access to food. We also advocate for policies and legislation that will make these programs more effective, so there are increased opportunities for New Yorkers to have reliable sources of nutrition.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Close to three million New Yorkers participate in SNAP, a program that lifts and keeps New Yorkers out of poverty each year by putting food on the table in households struggling with hunger. SNAP boosts our economy and improves nutrition and health, particularly among children.
Through our Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP), we offer personalized assistance in SNAP enrollment. This past fiscal year, which ended June of 2018, NOEP assisted 32,768 households to enroll in SNAP. Our Public Affairs team also continues to work on protecting and defending SNAP as the Farm Bill goes through the reauthorization process.
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 (SBP)
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
Many New York families can’t afford enough food; as a result, many students arrive at school without having eaten breakfast; leaving them unprepared for a day of learning. The School Breakfast Program changes this by providing students with this important meal. Research shows that children who receive school breakfast have increased concentration, participate more frequently in class, score better on tests, and have fewer absences and discipline problems. On an average school day, over 500,000 low-income students participate in school breakfast.
Along with other coalition partners, we helped New York enact one of the strongest child hunger measures in the nation. Governor Cuomo’s No Student Goes Hungry initiative, requires Breakfast After the Bell programs in high-poverty schools – schools in which 70 percent or more of the students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals – to make breakfast more accessible by offering breakfast after the start of the school day.
Child and Adult Food Care Program and Afterschool Meals (CACFP)
CACFP provides funding and support for early care and afterschool providers to serve healthy meals and snacks to children and teens in their care. Meals served in childcare settings or as part of afterschool programs at schools, or community centers contribute to the healthy growth and development of low-income children and teens. Our Child Nutrition Specialist provides community-based organizations, schools, childcare centers, and other prospective CACFP sponsors with tools, resources and individualized assistance to help nourish more children. Our specific focus, CACFP’s afterschool meals component helped fuel over 147,000 low-income students each day, on average, during the 2017 federal fiscal year.
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
…[W]e 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
During summer break, many food-insecure children lose access to essential school meals. School districts, local government agencies, camps, and community-based non-profits implement the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) to help close the nutrition gap between schools years so that students are ready to learn year round.
Our Child Nutrition Specialist works with the New York State Department of Education, sponsoring organizations and statewide summer learning partners so that more children have access to meals throughout the summer break. In 2018, 377 organizations were approved to sponsor 3,128 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)
To increase enrollment in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) in New York State, we have been selected by the New York State Department of Health to implement WIC Help New York. WIC provides supplemental food, referrals, nutrition advice, and breastfeeding support to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are at risk. WIC Help New York’s WIC Help Specialists provide free and confidential one-on-one services, such as eligibility information, to connect families to the WIC program.
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 reach and increase our efforts in all these impactful and vital federal nutrition programs. More children will eat school breakfast and healthy meals after school and during the summer, and more people in need – including disabled individuals, veterans, working families and older adults will have access to food through these programs.
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.