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Hunger Solutions New York has been actively working to protect and defend SNAP as the federal Farm Bill goes through the reauthorization process. The US House and Senate each have a bill that would impact access to nutrition assistance very differently. Below we provide brief summaries and links to more resources.

House Farm Bill (H.R. 2)
On June 21, the House of Representatives narrowly passed the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2), by a vote of 213-211. The passage of this bill poses a serious threat to SNAP and threatens states’ ability to make sure people who are struggling have enough to eat. The House Farm Bill will increase hunger and hardship by taking away—or cutting—food assistance from many struggling New Yorkers, including parents raising kids, people with disabilities, older workers, low-wage workers, and people temporarily in between jobs. It also imposes costly and bureaucratic new work requirements on SNAP recipients. SNAP helps 1 in 7 New Yorkers afford groceries and is the first line of defense against hunger. Learn more about the devastating impacts these SNAP cuts could have in New York, and read our statement in response to the bill passage.

Senate Farm Bill (S.3042)
The Senate Farm Bill protects SNAP benefit levels and eligibility, keeps food on the table for struggling low-income people, preserves essential state options, and makes modest changes to program operations. It builds on SNAP’s many strengths and avoids the very damaging changes that the House Farm Bill proposes. Hunger Solutions New York supports this bill, which could be voted on by the end of this week. However, we are working hard to ensure no harmful amendments are approved during the voting process.

Stay up to date on the Farm Bill and how it may impact SNAP in New York, and access additional resources or take action by visiting our online SNAP Policy Page.

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When the school year ends, kids and teens who rely on meals through their school can get healthy, no-cost summer meals and snacks in many communities across New York State.

In partnership with the New York State Education Department, we have shareable materials in English and Spanish, such as flyers and pocket cards, to help promote the Summer Food Service Program. Please help spread the word by visiting our summer meals site, download resources found in the “Partner With and Promote Summer Meals Program” section and post these resources where families gather. You can find summer meal sites, learn about hosting one, and get electronic and other outreach materials at SummerMealsNY.org.

Also please share the following message on your website and social media channels:

School is out, and summer is here! Help all kids have a fun and healthy summer by texting “Food” or “Comida” to 877-877 or visit SummerMealsNY.org to learn who serves meals in your area!

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Kids and teens in afterschool programs need nutrition to fuel learning beyond the school day. Consider serving afterschool meals during your programs next year! The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides reimbursement funding to help afterschool enrichment programs serve free, healthy meals and snacks to kids in their care. Though programs can apply for CACFP at any time of year, now is the perfect time to start thinking about afterschool meals for the next school year.

Check out our CACFP resources located at AfterschoolMealsNY.org to access additional information and resources, including CACFP eligibility criteria, sample menus, webinars, FAQs, training, how to apply, and more. Stay tuned for our comprehensive CACFP manual which will be released late summer/early fall of 2018!

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Hunger Solutions New York, in partnership with the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, are working together to help Long Island residents who face hunger. Using both technology-based and traditional outreach methods, SNAP Help Long Island focuses on reaching some of Long Island’s most vulnerable populations like veterans, seniors, working families and U.S. born children of recent immigrants.

SNAP Help Long Island provides free, confidential services including:

  • SNAP Prescreening: We can help people on Long Island find out if they may qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP provides a monthly supplement that stretches the food budgets of those who meet program guidelines.
  • SNAP application guidance: Sometimes, people need extra help with completing the SNAP application. We can help applicants complete the application and gather necessary documentation.
  • Education about nutrition assistance programs: There are programs and resources in addition to SNAP that can help people have enough to eat. We explain how they work and help those in need to connect with them.

In existence since 2011, SNAP Help Long Island (formerly Long Island Anti Hunger Initiative) is a partnership of national, state, and Long Island partners who came together to address the area’s growing and changing needs for SNAP benefits.