Get help if you’re struggling with hunger

Nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, New York state still faces a profound hunger crisis. Every day, people in our community struggle to get enough to eat and confront impossible choices between paying rent, purchasing medicine and putting food on the table. If you or someone you know needs help buying food, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may be able to help.
SNAP helps low-income families, seniors, students, people with disabilities, veterans and others stretch their grocery budget and buy the food they need to stay healthy. It provides monthly benefits on a debit card to spend at local grocery stores, farmers’ markets and approved online retailers. Many can apply for and receive benefits by phone or online, without having to visit a SNAP office.
For millions of New Yorkers, SNAP can be the difference between having food and going hungry. The Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP) can help you learn if you may be eligible and complete and submit a SNAP application on your behalf. These services are free and confidential. If you’re struggling with hunger, please contact your local NOEP coordinator today at 518-842-9466 Ext. 227.
Ray Catchen
(The writer is the Nutritional Education Outreach Program coordinator for Fulton County in the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York.)

By Rodney Minor

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