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Hunger Solutions New York is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating hunger by maximizing participation in federal nutrition assistance programs for all who are eligible. We promote:

  • Awareness of hunger in communities, and the disproportionate impact that hunger has on communities of color, children, and other underserved populations;
  • Awareness of programs that address hunger;
  • Full participation in federal nutrition assistance programs for all who are eligible;
  • Public policies that contribute to ending hunger; and
  • Public awareness of the economic, social, health, and educational benefits of nutrition assistance programs.

These efforts improve the health and well-being of New Yorkers while boosting local economies across the state.

While charitable and voluntary contributions to this effort are important, we believe that it is a governmental responsibility to ensure that all New Yorkers are able to secure adequate food and nutrition. To that end, this public policy platform makes recommendations for protections and improvements in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC); school meal programs including the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), and the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP); as well as out-of-school programs including the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and Summer EBT.

Hunger Solutions New York’s policy agenda focuses on the federal nutrition assistance programs, as these are our nation’s largest and most effective anti-hunger programs, and our organization’s area of expertise; however, we recognize these programs cannot end hunger alone. We encourage and support comprehensive strategies to address the root causes of hunger, including poverty, systemic discrimination, and inequities in access to housing, health care, child care, education, and other basic needs. Combined with strong federal nutrition assistance programs, these efforts will ensure all eligible New Yorkers have access to the food they need.

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