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Newly released:
Hunger Solutions New York’s  2018 School Breakfast ReportHunger Solutions New York released its annual statewide report, Bridging the Gap: Ending Student Hunger with Breakfast After the Bell. The report analyzes state and district level participation in the School Breakfast Program in New York State public schools during the 2016-2017 school year.The School Breakfast Program plays a critical role in reducing child hunger, bolstering student success and improving health. However, the program continues to be underutilized and New York continues to underperform in reaching low-income children with free and reduced-price breakfast. On an average day during the the 2016-17 school year, less than 1 in 3 low-income students ate free and reduced-price school breakfast. Our failure to reach low-income students with school breakfast has resulted in New York State ranking 35th in a national evaluation of state’s performance in school breakfast.The 2018 school breakfast report is a valuable resource for child health and education advocates, school system leaders at the state and local level, elected officials, and community partners. Specific action steps are outlined to help increase participation in school breakfast.

The Farm Bill:
SNAP and the Farm Bill: Essential to New York State

The Farm Bill is a comprehensive piece of legislation which is reauthorized by congress every five years. Millions of New Yorkers who face hunger rely on Farm Bill nutrition programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to purchase healthy food to feed themselves and their families. Congress is starting the reauthorization process on the 2018 Farm Bill and there are concerns that SNAP will face deep cuts and structural changes in the new bill. Learn more about the Farm Bill and SNAP in New York, and how Hunger Solutions New York is working to prevent any changes to SNAP that could increase hunger and poverty and negatively impact our economy.

Watch:
Rebecca’s SNAP story

Learn more:
Summer Meals and Afterschool Meals Webinars

Hunger Solutions New York recently hosted webinars with statewide and local partners to raise awareness of and increase participation in summer and afterschool meals. We invite you to view the webinar recordings and slides to learn more ways to engage your community in promoting and serving meals at new locations in underserved areas.

To Be Well Read, You Must Be Well Fed: Bringing Summer Nutrition to Kids Where they Learn and Play focused on how organizations and schools are successfully reaching more kids and teens in low-income communities through the Summer Food Service Program. Speakers from across the state shared tips for success and included a sponsoring school food director who significantly expanded meals served, a community based non-profit with mobile meal routes, a library that serves lunch many days of the summer, and a state agency child nutrition program specialist.

Afterschool Meals Fuel Enrichment: How Schools and Afterschool Programs Can Nourish Kids Beyond the School Day examined how qualified afterschool enrichment programs may start or expand serving nutritious meals and/or snacks to kids and teens through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Speakers included a school food director who moved from serving snacks through the NSLP to serving complete meals through CACFP, a Boys & Girls Club CEO who has expanded their afterschool meal service to provide suppers and snacks for neighboring programs, and a state agency public health nutritionist.

Advocacy award:
Hunger Solutions New York Executive Director Linda Bopp receives Hunger Advocacy Award

The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) awarded the Dr. Raymond Wheeler/Senator Paul Wellstone Anti-Hunger Advocacy Leadership Award to Hunger Solutions New York Executive Director, Linda Bopp.

Read more about the award and Linda’s journey in becoming an anti-hunger advocate.

Access the March 18 Newsletter