March 20, 2009

With $5 Million Available to Make Food Stamps More Accessible, Senator Gillibrand Urges New York Organizations to Apply for Funding

37 Percent of New Yorkers Are Eligible But Don’t Receive Food Stamps

Washington, D.C. – With $5 million available to make the Food Stamp program more accessible, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged New York organizations to apply for federal funding. She offered assistance to groups who apply with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The deadline for applications is June 11.

“During these tough economic times, families across New York need access to the tools to keep their families afloat,” said Senator Gillibrand. “By participating in the food stamp program, families can keep nutritious foods on the table. These grants will help more New Yorkers take advantage of this program.”

According to the USDA, 37 percent of New Yorkers who are eligible for the Supplemental Food Assistance Program (SNAP) - formerly known as the Food Stamp Program – do not take advantage of the program. The purpose of this grant program is to support projects that simplify the application process and improve access to the benefits.

Non-profit organizations, like United Way and regional food banks, local, and state government can apply for these federal funds.

Grant applications for organizations can be obtained at or on the Food and Nutrition Service website at For assistance from Senator Gillibrand’s office please contact Jon Cardinal at 202-224-4451 or