According to U.S. Census Bureau data, approximately 69,000 residents of Nassau County and 119,000 residents of Suffolk County participated in SNAP in 2013. Those figures represent an increase of 78% and 93%, respectively, since 2009.
SNAP is the nation’s most effective anti-poverty program, and so HWCLI collaborates with partners to help thousands of Long Islanders, educating them about the program and assisting them with enrollment. HWCLI builds upon the knowledge gained through this direct service by leading the Long Island Anti-Hunger (LIAH) Initiative, a regional partnership with AARP, the Food Research and Action Center, Hunger Solutions New York, Island Harvest, North Shore-LIJ Health System, and United Way of Long Island to identify and tackle barriers to nutritional security.
Every five years, the Farm Bill is reauthorized, and HWCLI works to highlight potential changes to the bill that may impact Long Islanders, and actively works to encourage support among members for the reauthorization or increased funding for legislation related to nutritional benefits.
HWCLI’s work in Access to Nutritional Security includes:
Coalition Coordination and Convening : Anti-hunger Taskforce
Policy and Advocacy : Meeting client needs with Suffolk Department of Social Services (DSS)
Meeting Community Needs : SNAP Enrollment