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We are implementing innovative, effective ways to solve U.S. hunger. Today, 47 million people, including more than 1.3 million New York City residents, can’t afford enough food. Every American should have enough to eat and be healthy, and we are helping lead the national advocacy, capacity building, and direct service efforts to make that goal a reality.
Advocacy, Research, and Policy: Our advocacy team is a voice for millions who struggle against U.S. hunger. One of the most effective and courageous advocacy groups in the nation, we work directly with elected officials on the city, state, and federal level to advance policies to end hunger and promote economic justice. We also conduct ground-breaking research and publish cutting-edge reports that propose bold – yet concrete and realistic – solutions to hunger and poverty.
Benefits Access: Our team works to connect low-income New Yorkers with benefits to access food across all five boroughs. Our staff screens individuals for federal nutrition assistance programs, and helps them through the application and recertification process. In 2013, our team helped over 2,000 families access SNAP. Our VISTA program also increases benefits access nationwide.
AmeriCorps VISTA: Our AmeriCorps VISTA teams, operating across 32 states with over 180 volunteers, enable participants to serve the country while fighting hunger. All of our projects are united by the basic goals of reducing hunger, improving nutrition and empowering families to obtain more economic opportunities.
Strategic Volunteer Program: Our Ending Hunger Through Citizen Service Initiative connects people and groups with volunteer opportunities that can make the greatest impact in the fight against hunger. Our newly launched web site, hungervolunteer.org, offers hunger organizations and the public innovative strategies and tools for engaging volunteers in effective activities to build the capacity of nonprofit groups, increase participation in government nutrition assistance programs, and advocate for improved economic and governmental policies. In 2013, 874 volunteers serve 3,387 hours in direct food service, outreach, administrative, and other strategic activities in NYC.
Child Nutrition Program: Our child nutrition program works to ensure that every child in New York City and America has access to sufficient, nutritious food. By increasing participation in free summer meals and school breakfasts, we connect kids with the food they need to grow and thrive.
Farm Fresh Program Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Initiative: Our pioneering community supported agriculture program provides subsidized shares of fresh, regional produce, in season, to low-income families. In 2013, our CSA program distributed over 91,000 pounds of produce across the city.