Senator Kirsten Gillibrand with Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region’s Arbor Hill Food Pantry Manager Andre Lewis
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited a food pantry in Albany's Arbor Hill this morning to help pack healthy meals for New Yorkers struggling to make ends meet during the coronavirus pandemic.


Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan was joined by stakeholders Friday to announce his opposition to a Trump administration proposal to cut food benefits.

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Federal, state and local authorities raided nine stores in Rensselaer County for alleged SNAP benefit abuse.


The Vermont Department for Children and Families is opposing proposed changes to the federal food stamp program that it says could cost 5,204 state households to lose their benefits.

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The 56-member Farm Bill conference committee met for the first time this week. The current Farm Bill, which sets agriculture and nutrition program policy for five years, expires on September 30th.  The House and Senate conferees expressed hope that a compromise bill can be crafted despite significant differences in the bills approved by each chamber.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The USDA contract with the company that processes SNAP payments at farmers’ markets has ended. And while New York has come up with a stopgap measure until the end of the season, farmers’ markets that were not yet online are left on hold. Such is the case for the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market, which is operated by the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with museum Executive Director Lara Litchfield-Kimber about what’s next.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand paid a visit to a farmers market in Poughkeepsie Monday. It provides access to fresh and healthy foods in a high-poverty, urban area. Gillibrand was there to demand an investigation into a move by the USDA to end processing of SNAP payments at farmers markets.


Food stamp recipients will be able to use their benefits at farmers' markets across New York state under an agreement the state and the Farmers Market Federation have reached with a mobile application vendor.

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US Department of Agriculture

Both chambers of Congress have passed versions of the 2018 Farm Bill and are now moving the bills to conference committee.  As farmers and advocates in the Northeast assess the bills, deliberations are expected to be most contentious over nutrition assistance program provisions.

SNAP Eligibility is based principally on income and household size. Those who apply must be 150 percent below the federal poverty level, which stands at about $2,500 for a family of three.

As President Donald Trump ponders a 30-percent cut to the nutrition program's budget, a new study finds the maximum SNAP benefit does not cover the cost of an average meal in all of New York's 62 counties.

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Troy Friday, talking about the Trump administration’s proposed budget that would cut SNAP benefits by $193 billion dollars over a decade.

“We work hard to make sure that only those who need assistance receive it and we will not tolerate those who seek to game the system.”
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In an effort to expose fraud involving Medicaid benefits and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program payments, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple today announced the arrests of county residents on fraud charges .

Esty Holds Roundtable To Discuss SNAP

May 31, 2017

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty held a roundtable in Waterbury, Connecticut Wednesday to discuss the state’s use of a federal nutrition program.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy visited Albany's Meals on Wheels kitchen in March.
Mary Rozak

A proposal to curtail the nation's food stamp program has activists and politicians up in arms.  Advocates for the poor worry President Donald Trump's $4.1 trillion budget proposal would worsen conditions for American families struggling to pay for groceries.


Under new policies that went into effect this month, thousands more low-income New Yorkers are now eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits.


As many as 750,000 families in New York state are now eligible for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program following a change in the program's rules.

A non-profit organization dedicated to sustaining agriculture in western Massachusetts has begun a campaign to make fresh, local food more accessible to people on SNAP benefits. 

Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture is looking to raise $100,000, by the end of the month, to subsidize food purchases by low-income people at local farmers markets. 

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with CISA Executive Director Philip Korman.


The growing season is over in the Northeast and it is a melancholy time for fans of farmers’ markets.  Today was the last day of the 18th season for the weekly Farmers’ Market at Forest Park in Springfield, Ma.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the market manager Belle Rita Novak.

  Hunger Solutions New York was formed in 1985 as the Nutrition Consortium of New York State. They strive to maximize participation in, and support for, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance. They also work towards the growth of other nutrition assistance programs including the School Breakfast Program (SBP) and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

Hunger Solutions New York develops and distributes information and resources for community-based organizations and agencies to use to further the fight against hunger and they manage the Nutrition Outreach and Education Program and the Long Island Anti-Hunger Initiative. Both programs are designed to provide education, support, and assistance connecting New Yorkers to SNAP and other resources to end hunger.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A new report from Feeding America shows 50 million Americans rely on food banks and 1 in 7 Americans face food insecurity. It also links substandard nutrition to health problems.

The report entitled "Hunger in America 2014" has revealed some startling statistics: One in seven Americans turns to a food bank for help, about 40 percent of whom have education beyond high school.

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The Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance recently recognized client success in western Massachusetts as the department looks to regain public trust after coming under scrutiny for handing out fraudulent benefits.

NYC Food Bank In Albany

Feb 26, 2014
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Food Bank For New York City is in Albany today to participate in the first annual Anti-Hunger Advocacy Day.  The advocates are joining colleagues from New York State’s seven other food banks. Officials plan to meet with State Legislators to discuss steps to preserve vital anti-hunger resources for New Yorkers.

Food Bank For New York City President & CEO Margarette Purvis praises Governor Cuomo, saying he has worked to - quote - "... make sure that our neighbors are not left exposed to the cruel whims of Washington.”

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The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is encouraging its member organizations to grab the ears of lawmakers and inform them of their needs.

Food Pantries Strained By Federal Cuts

Dec 20, 2013
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With winter officially approaching, New York’s food pantries and soup kitchens are feeling the strain of feeding the hungry, especially after two key benefit cuts from the federal government.

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Anti-hunger groups are calling on one of New York's U.S. Senators to block cuts to food stamps.

Anti-hunger activists have launched a statewide campaign urging New York Senator Chuck Schumer to vote against any farm bill that includes cuts in food-stamp funding. They also want Schumer to push to restore recent cuts.

    Food shortages have become an increasing problem across the country.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that funding for SNAP benefits should be restored.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Farm Bill is the nation’s agricultural, nutrition and food policy vehicle. It provides funding for SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - also known as food stamps. Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy on Monday was at a community action agency to discuss his efforts to fight proposed cuts to SNAP and talk about legislation to expand incentives for businesses to donate to food banks.

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With Thanksgiving approaching, New Yorkers have been bracing for the impact of cuts to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. That impact may not be as severe as initially thought...

AARP New York is out with new recommendations aimed at helping the estimated 50 percent of older adults in New York State who may be eligible but are not receiving nutrition help through the SNAP, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called food stamps.

The AARP white paper, entitled “Hunger Among Older Adults: Breaking Down the Barriers,” came out Thursday, the same day the Hunger Action Network released a paper critical of the New York Food Policy Council.

Senior Enrollment in SNAP Remains Low

Sep 26, 2013

A recent event in Pittsfield, Massachusetts aimed to increase the number of seniors enrolled in government funded food assistance.