Advocacy, Research, and Policy: We played a key role in beating back Trump and House G.O.P. proposals to take billions of dollars in nutrition assistance away from millions of children, seniors, working people, veterans, people with disabilities, and unemployed people by advocating for a strong Farm Bill without any cuts to SNAP.
AmeriCorps VISTA: Our AmeriCorps VISTA teams, operating across 24 states with 41 members in 2018, enabled participants to serve the country while fighting hunger. In 2018, VISTAs recruited 1,691 volunteers and helped 3,014 households enroll in SNAP.
USDA National Hunger Hotline Clearinghouse: Working under contract from the federal government, in 2018, we enabled more than 20,000 individuals and families to access non-profit and government food resources.
Child Nutrition: We led successful efforts to get New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to propose – and the State Legislature to enact into law – a mandate for all high-needs schools to serve breakfasts in first-period classrooms. As a result, hundreds of thousands of additional children state-wide will receive healthy breakfasts every school day.
Benefits Access: In 2019, our Benefits Access team connected more than 2,550 low-income New Yorkers with SNAP benefits. We distributed more than 200,000 free Neighborhood Guides to Food and Assistance to agencies and individuals in New York City.
Food Action Board (FAB): Three FAB members joined HFA staff in Washington, D.C. in February 2018 to speak to members of Congress about hunger and anti-poverty initiatives. Led by our Director of Organizing, HFA’s FAB members meet monthly at NYC Council Member Vanessa Gibson’s office in the Bronx and participate in an eight-week nutrition workshop during the summer in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Strategic Volunteerism Program: Our ground-breaking Ending Hunger Through Citizen Service initiative connected people and groups with skills-based and high-impact volunteer opportunities that make the biggest difference in the national fight against hunger. In 2018, Hunger Free America had a total of 381 volunteers who served nearly 2,400 hours.