SNAP Policy & Advocacy

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps nearly than 3 million New Yorkers feed their families each month.

SNAP reduces hunger, improves nutrition, responds to crisis, supports work, lifts millions of people out of poverty, and bolsters local economies.




Farm Bill & SNAP in NY: What’s at Stake and How to Take Action

2018 Farm Bill 101

Learn about the 2018 Farm Bill reauthorization, it’s impacts on SNAP and NYS, and download our Farm Bill fact sheet

New York Congressional District Data Sheets

Find SNAP stats and info individualized for all NYS Congressional districts in a printable pdf format.


The President’s FY 2019 budget proposes to cut SNAP by more than $213 billion over the next ten years.

These cuts slash SNAP by nearly 30%, hurting our communities and harming every type of SNAP participant—children, seniors, people with disabilities, low-income working families with children, and those struggling to find work.

Hunger Solutions New York is deeply concerned about the impacts of these proposed cuts to SNAP. Join us to protect and strengthen SNAP throughout the FY 2019 Budget Process: find tools for understanding the cuts, sample social media posts, and other resources to use and share with your networks.


  • SNAP is our nation’s primary nutrition assistance program, providing monthly benefits to purchase food for all who meet program rules
  • SNAP responds quickly and effectively to support low-income families in times of increased need and disaster
  • SNAP benefits are targeted according to need; benefits are provided on a card that can only be used at approved locations to purchase food
  • In New York State, the average SNAP benefit is $1.52 per person per meal


SNAP Invested in Janetlyn.

SNAP made a huge impact on Janetlyn’s life.


SNAP Prescreening Guide

Download this invaluable tool for community organizations that work with SNAP consumers


Visit our repository of information and tools explaining SNAP time limits for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents

SNAP Policy Updates

Find the latest updates to SNAP policy here

SNAP Replacement Benefits

Learn about the process for requesting SNAP replacement benefits due to flooding, power outages or other misfortunes

October 1 Eligibility/Budgeting Changes

Tools and resources for community organizations working with SNAP applicants reflecting the Oct 1 adjustments to SNAP standards and deductions

SNAP and Seniors

Information and outreach tools geared toward older adults


Hunger Solutions New York Statement on Senate Farm Bill

The Senate’s version of the 2018 farm bill was released June 8. Hunger Solutions New York applauds Senate Agriculture Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabinow on the introduction of the Senate farm bill, “The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018,” and their...

Immigration Public Charge Rule-Resources

Talk Poverty has released an easy-to-follow guide that explains what the Administration’s proposed “public charge” changes are about. These resources explain how changes to this obscure immigration provision would drastically limit immigrant families’ access to public...


A Closer Look: Who Benefits From SNAP In New York

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the nation’s most important anti-hunger program as of December 2017; SNAP was helping 43 million low-income Americans to afford a nutritionally adequate diet. This fact sheet by the Center on Budget and Policy...

Most Working-Age SNAP Participants Work, But Often in Unstable Jobs

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has released a new set of materials around SNAP and Work.  This new analysis finds that SNAP helps workers to both supplement low wages and supports them when they are between jobs. Read the Issue Brief Read the full Report...

SNAP Linked to Better Health and Lower Health Care Costs

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Plan (SNAP) is associated with better health and lower health care costs, according to a growing body of evidence that the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities summarize in a new paper and blog series. Food Insecurity – i.e.,...