Month: June 2015

Unmet Needs Roundtable

  • Tuesday, August 4
  • Tuesday, August 11
  • Tuesday, August 18
  • Tuesday, August 25

Unmet Needs Roundtables are commonly used following federally declared disasters to provide assistance that will help survivors return to self-sufficiency. The Roundtable is a “court of last resort,” bringing together private donors with disaster case managers seeking assistance for clients who have no other possible sources of help.

The Long Island Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable is convened by the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, and meets every Tuesday.

Newly Arrived Immigrant Children Legal Subcommittee Call

Tuesday, August 4 at 3pm

HWCLI convenes partner organizations and advocates from across Long Island around the rights and needs of newly arrived children on Long Island. Consisting of a diverse coalition of legal and social service providers, the legal subcommittee identifies gaps in services, discusses issues impacting newly arrived children and their families, and develops practical, actionable items that address these concerns.

HWCLI Board Meeting

Thursday, August 6 at 8:30am

The Health and Welfare Council Board of Directors meets every other month.


Upcoming Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization

Up for a vote every five years, the Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization (CNR) constitutes legislation that oversees child nutrition programs, including school breakfast and lunch programs, summer meals, and afterschool meal programs. Last voted on in 2010, the CNR is up for reauthorization in 2015. Essential to children’s development and health, child nutrition programs provide children from low-income families access to low-cost or free nutritional meals during the school year and summer months.


Locally, according to the Long Island Index, in 2013 approximately 21 percent of students on Long Island received free school lunch while nearly 73 percent of students in high-poverty schools on Long Island received free lunch (click to view data).


Things you can do:

  • Encourage your partners and network allies to endorse these bills to demonstrate local support and to make sure that these bills are included in the final CNR.
  • Create buzz on social media by sharing photos of your summer meal sites and tagging your Members of Congress to ask for their support of #summermeals #SummerMealsAct and a strong #CNR2015.


For more ideas on urging Congress to strengthen child nutrition programs, visit the Advocacy Tools section of FRAC’s website.