Food insecurity is a national issue, affecting approximately 1 million children in New York State alone.
Federal nutrition programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or ‘Food Stamps’) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) are critical to the well-being of mothers and children. We are one of the leading providers of SNAP and WIC in New York City.
Extensive research has found WIC and SNAP to be a cost-effective investment that improves the nutrition and health of low-income families. Women who participate in WIC give birth to healthier babies, children participating in WIC have lower risk of obesity, and children whose mothers participated in WIC while pregnant show improved mental development. SNAP reduces poverty by 14-16% and is considered one of the nation’s most effective anti-poverty programs for low-income families with children.