Now Available:
Hunger Solutions New York’s SNAP Policy and Advocacy Page 

On April 18, the House Agriculture Committee passed the Farm Bill along party lines, and a full House vote is expected within the next few weeks. The Farm Bill is a critical piece of federal legislation that regulates the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), among many other agriculture programs. The 2018 Farm Bill proposal would 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. The Senate Agriculture Committee is expected to introduce their bill later this spring.  Hunger Solutions New York has released a comprehensive resource page on our website where you can find resources such as:

  • Webinar: SNAP and the 2018 Farm Bill: What’s at Stake in New York and How We Take Action
  • Farm Bill primer
  • Congressional District Data Sheets
  • SNAP and Seniors
  • Latest news and research

We will be sending regular email updates with timely information to help you, and your networks keep abreast on the Farm Bill, SNAP and what Hunger Solutions New York is doing to protect SNAP from cuts that could increase hunger in New York! If you are interested in receiving these updates, subscribe to our SNAP E-News.

SNAP Matters:
SNAP helps Seniors get food and stay healthy!

SNAP helps older adults stay healthy. Did you know that SNAP reduces the likelihood of admission into a hospital by 14% and reduces the duration of stay if admitted? Research also shows that every $10 increase in monthly SNAP benefits further reduces the odds of additional days in the hospital. SNAP also reduces the likelihood of admission into a nursing home by 23%.

When older people reduce their food intake because of physical or financial restrictions, they risk their ability to maintain an independent, healthy lifestyle. Many older adults skip meals so they can pay their bills. Some have to decide between buying food and purchasing needed medication.

New York provides SNAP benefits to more older adults than any other state, yet hundreds of thousands older New Yorkers who may be eligible are not receiving SNAP benefits.­

Free, confidential, one-on-one SNAP information, education, prescreening and application assistance is available through the Nutrition Outreach and Education Program, managed by Hunger Solutions New York

Act Now:
Sign up to host or sponsor summer meals

More than one million students rely on school meals statewide, but once school’s out for the summer, many of those kids go hungry. Fewer than 30% of New York State children who eat free and reduced-priced school lunch access federal Summer Nutrition Programs during the summer months. We can change that!

Hunger Solutions New York staff works with the NYS Education Department to help ensure as many low-income children as possible get the nutrition they need through the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program. We partner with organizations statewide to generate new meal sites and sponsors and to educate communities about the program.

Do you know who your local summer meals champions are? Organizations interested in becoming a summer meals site or sponsor can find information and assistance at SummerMealsNY.org.

Legislative Victory:
Governor Cuomo’s No Student Goes Hungry Program Included in the Final State Budget

New York has enacted one of the strongest child hunger measures in the nation in its 2018-2019 state budget. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s sweeping plan titled “No Student Goes Hungry” establishes New York as a leader in ensuring access to healthy school meals for students.

What “No Student Goes Hungry” means for New York:

Statewide “Breakfast After the Bell” for High-Need Schools:
School breakfast will now reach more students in our highest-poverty schools – defined as schools with 70% or more students eligible for free and reduced-price school meals. This includes about 1,400 schools that will now receive funding and support to serve “Breakfast After the Bell” as part of the instructional school day to ensure essential morning nutrition is accessible to over 100,000 additional public school students.

Statewide Policy to Address Unpaid School Meal Debt: 
Schools across the state will now have a consistent policy to address unpaid school meal debt. This statewide policy will ensure any child without money for a meal—regardless of which school they attend—are not singled out, provided a lesser meal, or otherwise treated differently.

Significant Expansion of Farm to School Programs:
New York has made a historic commitment to Farm to School programs by doubling the amount of grant funding available to schools and offering an incentivized additional school lunch reimbursement, bringing more healthy, locally-sourced foods into K-12 schools.

We look forward to working with Governor Cuomo, the state Senate and Assembly, and the NYS Education Department to support schools in their implementation of these policies. Together we can end child hunger in New York State. 

“Hunger Is” Award
Albertsons Companies Foundation bestows Hunger Is award to Hunger Solutions New York.  

On March 16, Albertson’s Companies Foundation presented Hunger Solutions New York with a check for $6,803.10 at the grand reopening of the Yonkers ACME store. These funds were raised by ACME stores in the lower Hudson Valley as part of the corporate-wide campaign, Hunger Is, which collects donations from customers to support efforts to reduce childhood hunger by promoting school breakfast. Hunger Solutions New York uses these funds to support the publication of our annual School breakfast report, Bridging the Gap: Ending Student Hunger with Breakfast After the Bell, and our work to assist schools with increasing participation in the school breakfast program by implementing universal Breakfast After the Bell.  We are grateful for the generous support of Albertson’s Companies Foundation and their network of participating stores!