NYS Anti-Hunger Conference update:
Registration deadline extended to May 10

There’s still time to register for the NYS Anti-Hunger Conference May 17 in Albany.

Event highlights include:

Did you know?
Farmers’ markets accept SNAP benefits
Many low-income New Yorkers lack access to a supermarket that stocks a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Farmers’ markets help to fill that gap. Many are located in areas where there is no nearby supermarket, and a large number of markets across New York State accept SNAP benefits, according to the Farmers Market Federation of New York. 

The Nutrition Outreach and Education Program, managed by Hunger Solutions New York, provides free, confidential SNAP information, education, prescreening and application services to low-income New Yorkers. NOEP Coordinators can also provide information on how to use SNAP benefits at a farmers’ market. READ MORE

Long Island outreach:
Final tally shows LIAH’s extensive reach
In 2016, Hunger Solutions New York concluded its fifth year of partnering with the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island on the Long Island Anti-Hunger Initiative (LIAH), which utilized traditional and technology-based SNAP outreach strategies to assist low-income residents of Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Outreach efforts specifically targeted the newly unemployed, working poor, female heads of household, seniors and documented immigrants.

Final figures on LIAH’s impact show the program helped to raise a significant amount of awareness about SNAP and provided assistance to thousands of hungry Long Islanders. SEE THE RESULTS 

Special recognition:
Hunger Solutions New York receives honorable mention for national award
Hunger Solutions New York is proud to have received an honorable mention for the National AfterSchool Association’s 2017 Most Influential in Health and Wellness award. Honorees and honorable mentions are distinguished for their strong advocacy for and support of health and wellness in afterschool programming.

Summer meals:
Let’s reach more kids & teens this summer!
Summer meals sponsors – as you’re getting your application ready for this summer, consider the possibility of adding more local sites in underserved areas. Undertapped places that make terrific summer meals sites include libraries, housing communities, and summer enrichment programs.

If your community needs more places where kids and teens can access healthy summer meals, or needs to get the word out about the meal sites that will be available, Hunger Solutions New York can help. This year, we’ve partnered with NYSED to create new banners that sponsors can use to welcome kids and teens to their location. Summer meals sponsors can order the banners on the NYSED website using their sponsor account. Other materials are also available for community-based organizations to order for outreach efforts. Visit SummerMealsNY.org for information and resources.

Coming in July:
NOEP request for proposals

This summer, Hunger Solutions New York will solicit proposals for the Nutrition Outreach and Education Program. Community-based nonprofit organizations will have the opportunity to apply for a contract to provide free, confidentialSNAP information, education, prescreening and application services to low-income New Yorkers.

We’re hiring!
Hunger Solutions New York is seeking a full-time controller to execute daily, monthly, quarterly and annual accounting and cash management functions, as well as related reporting, for our $6.5 million, Albany-based organization.