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Hunger Panel Takes Shape; NYSOFA/OTDA Promote SNAP

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has named a diverse group of people to serve on his new state Anti-Hunger Task Force.

The 24-member panel has been given three primary goals: maximizing federal dollars for the state's anti-hunger efforts; promoting public-private partnerships; and increasing the participation of New York's farms in combating hunger while simultaneously stimulating economic activity.

The Commissioners of a variety of state agencies-Agriculture & Markets; Children & Family Services; Education; Temporary & Disability Assistance; and Health - as well as the Director of Farmers Markets at Empire State Development Corporation and the Director of the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) will serve on the panel in ex-officio roles.

You can view the full article announcing the Governor's plan in the Albany Times-Union (External Link)on the newspaper's web site.

Did You Know?
In 2013, the NYSOFA and the New York State Office for Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) stepped up efforts to fight hunger via the Senior Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) . This program is also known as "Wellness in Nutrition" (WIN). Here's a quick summary of some of those efforts:

Visit the SNAP website to find out(External Link) if you or a loved one are eligible.

At, a simple survey will help you discover (External Link)what other benefits you or someone you know are eligible for additional benefits.