The New York City Coalition Against Hunger, founded in 1983, recently changed its name to Hunger Free America, to denote that the organization now works from coast-to-coast.
We have also doubled-down on our work in our home base, re-branding our local work under the banner Hunger Free New York City. We are intensifying our efforts in New York to engage low-income families to advocate on their own behalf, reduce food deserts, raise wages, recruit more skills-based volunteers, and increase access to affordable nutritious food.
We continue to be one of the city’s leading anti-poverty and anti-hunger advocacy groups. Errol Lewis in the Daily News cited us for “first class advocacy” and our “persistent and persuasive voice.”
We work to increase access in the city to federal child nutrition assistance programs, including school breakfasts and lunches, summer meals, and the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.
Benefits Access staff enable local families to enroll in the federal SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), leveraging millions of dollars each year to fill up grocery carts. It also distributes more than 200,000 Neighborhood Guides to Food & Assistance, which are published in English, Spanish, Chinese & Russian.
We also distribute high-quality, sustainably grown, affordable produce through the Farm Fresh Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.
Hunger Free New York City also promotes high-impact volunteerism in the city and nationwide.