Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP)

What is HPNAP?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that more than two million New Yorkers, 12% of the population, do not always have enough money to meet their basic nutritional needs.

Almost 35% of New York's residents have incomes at or below 200% of the federal poverty level and may be eligible for federal food assistance programs such as Food Stamps. But these programs do not adjust for New York State's higher costs for housing, utilities and food. HPNAP helps to fill this gap.

For more than 30 years, HPNAP has provided state and federal funds to improve the quality of food distributed to an estimated 2,500 Emergency Food Relief Organizations (EFRO) in New York State. These EFROs include food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens and emergency shelters which have provided more than 239 million meals each year to people who are in need.

For More Information

  • New York State Department Of Health
    Division of Nutrition/Bureau of Nutrition Risk Reduction
    Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program
    Riverview Center
    150 Broadway FL 6W
    Albany New York 12204-2719
    Phone: (518) 402-7333
    Fax:(518) 402-7220
    E-mail: hpnap@health.ny.gov
    Healthy Food for Hungry People

Equal Opportunity Notice

HPNAP is an equal-opportunity provider.