Solutions to Hunger

Right now, in your community, children go to school without breakfast, adults skip meals to pay for housing and energy, and older adults struggle to afford food and medications.

In 2014, New York State ranked among the top 20 states with the worst food hardship, according to the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), a national nonprofit organization working to eradicate hunger in the United States.

More than 3 million New Yorkers rely on nutrition assistance programs all year long to feed themselves and their families. Nearly 1 million of them are children.


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP is our nation’s primary nutrition assistance program, stretching the monthly food budgets of all who meet program guidelines.

Child Nutrition Programs

There are many federally funded programs that help young New Yorkers access the healthy food they need to grow, learn, and be active.


The New York State Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides supplemental foods, referrals, nutrition education, and breastfeeding support to eligible low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are at risk.

Adult Nutrition Programs

New Yorkers age 60 and older are particularly vulnerable to hunger. Federally funded nutrition assistance programs are designed to help.