New York’s Pandemic EBT Plan Approved
New York’s plan to distribute Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefits has been approved. The program will provide benefits to approximately 1.7 million children across the state who have lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to school closures. P-EBT is a crisis response nutrition program, which has been activated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Visit Hunger Solutions New York’s COVID-19 webpage for highlights of the program. Hunger Solutions New York will be developing resources to help schools and community-based organizations share information with families, so they know what to expect and how to use their Pandemic-EBT benefits.
Engaging Schools in SNAP Outreach
Hunger Solutions New York has developed a new outreach toolkit to help provide resources to help families apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in partnership with the Association of School Business Officials of New York, the New York School Nutrition Association, the New York State Council of School Superintendents, the New York State PTA, No Kid Hungry New York, and the School Administrators Association of New York State.
This outreach toolkit enables schools to encourage families to apply for SNAP benefits while informing families about the availability of school meals, plans for meal distribution in the summer, and providing updates on applying for free and reduced-price (F/RP) school meals in the 2020-2021 school year.
Access the toolkit at: www.HungerSolutionsNY.org/snap-outreach-for-schools/
Extension of SNAP Benefits for March-June 2020
SNAP offices in NYC and most upstate counties will extend SNAP benefit for six-months for those households who had recertification periods ending in March, April, May and June of 2020. This extension is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is being done to ensure that families do not lose their SNAP benefits because they were unable to recertify on time or whose recertification was not processed in a timely manner by the SNAP office.
Important details include:
- SNAP recipients who were to recertify for SNAP or TA/MA/SNAP in March, April, May or June will be given a six-month extension of SNAP benefits in NYC and most upstate counties.
- SNAP recipients will NOT be sent a notice on this extension of benefits or the new deadlines for recertification.
- SNAP offices must post these flyers in English and Spanish.
- The flyers provide information on the new recertification datesand remind SNAP recipients if they do not recertify by the end of the six-month extension their SNAP benefits will end.
For more information including which upstate counties will not provide this additional extension of benefits for SNAP recipients and other details please see our COVID-19 page.
SFSP Sponsor Application Deadline Extended to June 15, 2020
USDA and NYS Education Department (NYSED) have extended 2020 application deadlines for Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsors. In New York, all SFSP sponsor applications are now due June 15, 2020, including new sponsor applications and annual renewals for returning sponsors. The previous deadlines were May 1st for new sponsors, and June 1st for returning sponsors. Read the USDA memo and visit NYSED’s SFSP webpage for more information.
Schools or organizations interested in becoming sponsors should contact NYSED Child Nutrition as soon as possible for training materials and further guidance: email@example.com
St. Joseph’s Church Food Pantry
The food pantry at St. Joseph’s Church is still operating on Saturdays, 8-9 am
- The gate is on St. Joseph’s Avenue, between the school building and the church building (the address of the school building is 10 St. Joseph’s Avenue).
- Entry through the gate is regulated — one person at a time is admitted.
- The packages are prepared in advance by the staff.
- GRAB AND GO. No entry into the building for any reason.