Food For All

Food For All Hunger Program The Goals of Food for All: -To educate the community to the reality of hunger and poverty. -To research the causes of hunger and act as advocates/agents of change. -To maximize the availability of nutritionally adequate food. -To assist needy people in securing available nutritional resources.

Hunger Facts: -1 out of 4 children in New York State lives in poverty. -14% of Erie County’s population lives below the poverty line. -22% of the County’s children live in poverty. (2000 Census data) -53,000 children in Erie County are hungry or at risk of hunger. (Nutrition Consortium of New York State) -More than 90,000 Western New York residents turn to food pantries and soup kitchens for assistance; more than half are children. (Food Bank of Western New York) -Households with children receive 82% of Food Stamps. Hunger Has Many Faces: -Hunger is a child waiting with her mother at a food pantry for a bag of food because her mother’s paycheck doesn’t stretch far enough to put food on the table -Hunger is a single, childless adult who lost his/her food stamps because of 1996 welfare changes. -Hunger is a family of four struggling to live on two low paying jobs that offer no health insurance. -Hunger is the face of a senior citizen whose fixed income is barely above the federal poverty level and yet does not qualify for food stamps. Food for All Responds: *Nutrition Outreach and Education Program: Food for All conducts outreach activities designed to increase participation in three federal nutrition programs: Food Stamp Program, the Summer Food Service Program for Children, and the School Breakfast Program. We provide: -Free confidential Food Stamp prescreening -Food Stamp application assistance -Technical training to agency staff -Promotional items for the School Breakfast Program -Technical assistance for the Summer Food Program for Children *Advocacy and Public Policy Activities: Food for All believes that the problem of hunger will only be solved through a long term effort and commitment to systemic policy and program changes that meet the food needs of poor and hungry people. Our advocacy activities include: -Organizing local community support around state legislation i.e., Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program. -Organizing community support around federal legislation i.e., reauthorization of Food Stamps. -Organize and sponsor workshops and forums to educate religious groups how to advocate for action against hunger and poverty i.e., Mobilizing Faith Communities to End Hunger. -Educate the general public to the reality of hunger and poverty through our newsletter and other organizations’ newsletters, the Media and presentations at various community groups. -Continue to represent hunger concerns on local coalitions who share a common task. *Emergency Food Providers Directory: Food for All publishes and distributes the Emergency Food Providers Directory. The directory lists the more than 140 food pantries and dining sites in Erie County by ZIP code and details information about each provider and how to make a referral to a food pantry.

Mission: Food for All's mission is to increase food security by educating the public about hunger and motivating food system change

Operating as usual

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Need some more prep tips for your produce? Follow these tips to make the most of your market purchases this weekend:

Full Steam Ahead - According to the American Heart Association, steaming vegetables is a healthy choice in meal preparation. If you choose to add oils, make sure they are low in saturated fats.

Sharing Is Not Always Caring - When it comes to sharing utensils and surfaces between different foods! Before preparing fruits and vegetables clean all surfaces and utensils after cutting raw meat, poultry, or seafood.

Don't Always Peel Your Vegetables - Most vegetables contain fiber in their peel or skin. For example, a baked potato with the skin left on has twice the amount of fiber as a peeled potato. In fact, cooking potatoes with the skin still on allows them to absorb more nutrients, even if you peel them after!

And remember...wear a mask!

Happy Rosh Hashanah to all those that celebrate !!

Happy Rosh Hashanah to all those that celebrate !!

New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

New York's Pandemic-EBT Program will continue to distribute food benefits 𝙩𝙝𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙎𝙚𝙥𝙩𝙚𝙢𝙗𝙚𝙧, so if your child is eligible, you will receive them. This includes all children who were receiving free or reduced-price lunches or attended schools where students are automatically enrolled during the 2019-20 academic year. We are in the process of sending out P-EBT cards to more than 1.1 million children throughout New York State. This includes all children who were not living in households enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program as of March, and those who did not receive notification from us in July. We encourage all parents who believe they are eligible to continue watching for these cards in the mail 𝒖𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒆𝒏𝒅 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒉.

CC: Hunger Action Network of New York State, Hunger Free America

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SNAP to Market

When planning to grocery shop remember that buying produce at the farmers' market is safe for food shopping! Here are some reasons to shop at your local market:

It is out in the open fresh air.

Food is from our community.

The guidelines in place at your local market will keep you safe as possible.

Inventory at markets are handled by less people.

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Happy September and get ready for apple season in NY! At your local farmers' market you'll see different varieties of apples— baskets of red, yellow, and green. With all the options to choose from, how do you know which ones to use for pies and which kind makes the best eating? This is a great time for you to talk with the growers at the market about their recommendations! Let us know below what apples are your favorite and what recipes you love to make.

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You went to your local farmers market and you picked a perfect mixed of fresh produce. What's next? Here are some suggested handle and clean tips to prep your produce when at home:

1. Before washing produce, wash your hands! Use warm water and soap and do the “doctor wash”: Lightly scrub your fingernails on the opposite palm, and repeat on the other side, for at least 20 seconds total.

2. Make sure your kitchen is clean: Used cutting boards, old sponges, dirty utensils or plates, and cluttered counters are all possible contamination sources. Scrub down your sink, too.

3. Wash the produce directly under the faucet with cool water. If you have a spray nozzle, use this instead. Vigorously rub the produce with your hands or use a scrub brush. If using a brush, be sure it is clean! Experts suggest that produce wash products do not improve the cleaning process.

4. If you pre-cut or peel your produce, it must be stored in the refrigerator or frozen. Some fruits and vegetables (see above) can be stored in a clean bowl out in the open. If you refrigerate your produce, ensure it’s kept at 40 degrees or below (FDA recommendation).

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Apple are in season ! What is your favorite apple ?

Apple are in season ! What is your favorite apple ?

Don’t Forget to Double Up with SNAP benefits this Saturday Elmwood Village Farmers  Market at Clinton Bailey ‘a Farmer M...

Don’t Forget to Double Up with SNAP benefits this Saturday Elmwood Village Farmers Market at Clinton Bailey ‘a Farmer Market !

Food For All - supports the hope act along with Hunger Frew America ! Please call your senators to get this passed! 

Food For All - supports the hope act along with Hunger Frew America ! Please call your senators to get this passed! 


Wyoming County Farmers Markets

Perry’s Farmers Market
June 20th- Sept. 26th
Saturdays 8:30AM- 12:30PM
36-38 S. Main St
Accepts Farmers Market Nutrition Coupons

Arcade Farmers Market
June 4th- October 29th
Every Thursday 2PM-6PM
378 W. Main St.
Accepts Farmers Market Nutrition Coupons

Warsaw Farm & Artisan Market at the Villa
June 17th - Sept. 30th
Every Wednesday 2PM - 6PM
140 N. Main St
Accepts Farmers Market Nutrition Coupons

*Farmers Market Nutrition Coupons can be found:
- Wyoming County Office Of the Aging until Sept. 30th

*Qualifying individuals and families will receive $20 and can be redeemed at any of the locations above.

Our Summer VISTA member , Dowah  from Hunger Free America working in the pantry .

Our Summer VISTA member , Dowah from Hunger Free America working in the pantry .

Hungry People Can’t Wait. Tell Congress: #BoostSNAPNow to Fill Empty Plates. National Day of Action: TODAY, Monday, Augu...

Hungry People Can’t Wait. Tell Congress: #BoostSNAPNow to Fill Empty Plates.

National Day of Action: TODAY, Monday, August 10

Although today the process towards a final deal may be uncertain, our message to Congress and to White House negotiators remains clear and unwaivering. Lend your voice today, by joining FRAC, leading national anti-hunger partners, and others around the country in a day of action. It is crucial that Congress pass and the President sign a COVID-19 relief package with boosts to SNAP benefits to put much-needed food on empty plates and stimulate the economy.

Create a Virtual Paper Plate

Send your message to Congress on a virtual paper plate that shows why the SNAP boost is so critical to people in your state. Urge Congress not to adjourn until the SNAP boosts are included in the final COVID-19 deal. Check out FRAC’s sample plates for ideas and also this virtual paper plate tool from Feeding America.

1. Post a picture of your plate on Twitter with #BoostSNAPNow. Be sure your message reaches your Members of Congress by tagging them — find their handles here.

2. Email a picture of your plate along with your strong message on the need to boost SNAP to your Members of Congress. You can email them by using this resource.

It is critical for Members of Congress to weigh in with House and Senate leadership who may soon return to the negotiating table (on what could be the last major COVID-19 package until after the elections), with the following message:

The final COVID-19 relief package must:

boost SNAP maximum benefits by 15 percent, which would help all SNAP households;
increase the minimum monthly SNAP benefit from $16 to $30; and
suspend SNAP time limits or administrative rule changes that would cut benefits.
Remember, each $1 in SNAP benefits in a downturn generates between $1.50 to $1.80 in economic activity.

Double Up your SNAP benefits in Erie County .Downtown Buffalo Country MarketMain Street between Court Street and Church ...

Double Up your SNAP benefits in Erie County .
Downtown Buffalo Country Market
Main Street between Court Street and Church Street
Thursdays: 10am – 2:30pm
Buffalo NY

MAP Mobile Market in Buffalo Promise Neighborhood
Bailey Ave & Dartmouth Ave
Tuesdays: 3pm – 5pm
Buffalo NY

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market
Corner of Elmwood Avenue & Bidwell Parkway
Saturdays: 8am – 1pm
Buffalo NY 14222

MAP Mobile Market – Hispanics United of Buffalo
254 Virginia St
Thursdays: 11am – 1pm
Buffalo NY

MAP Farmstand
387 Massachusetts Ave
Thursdays: 3pm – 6pm
Buffalo NY

Lewandowski Produce
999 Broadway
Every weekday except Sunday: 8am – 5pm
Buffalo NY 14212

MAP Mobile Market – Elim Christian Fellowship
70 Chalmers Ave. (off Fillmore Ave.)
Wednesdays: 4pm – 6pm
Buffalo NY 14214

Clinton Bailey Farmers Market
1443-1517 Clinton Street
7 days a week, 8 am to 5 pm
Buffalo NY 14206

Hertel Lexington Coop
1678 Hertel
Open daily, 7am – 11pm
Buffalo NY 14216

Food Plus Market
414 East Amherst Street
Monday – Friday: 7am – 12am; Saturday and Sunday: 8am -12pm
Buffalo NY 14215

Double up at the Farmers Markets

Double up at the Farmers Markets

Genesee County Summer Meals

Genesee County Summer Meals

Its National Farmers Week!! We have many amazing farmers markets in WNY. Check out Elmwood Village Farmers Market. They ...

Its National Farmers Week!! We have many amazing farmers markets in WNY. Check out Elmwood Village Farmers Market. They open at 8AM on Saturday! They are set up well for social distancing. Lots of great vendors!!

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Farmers' Market Week is a few days away and we are celebrating by hosting a nationwide food drive!

In partnership with community food pantries, Give Back NY is a show of appreciation for our local communities for the tremendous support of farmers markets and local food since the COVID Pandemic began. Farmers will host local food pantries at their markets during the Farmers Market Week, August 2nd– 8th. At that time food pantries will be available to accept donations while building awareness of food insecurity within our communities. We ask you to join our celebration and encourage donations to pantries. Some food pantries may have restrictions or guidelines on how donations can be accepted during the COVID 19 crisis, but below are suggestions on how you can participate:

• Purchasing local food from farmers/vendors at the market for donation.
• Donating dollars to the food programs to help them achieve their mission.
• Farmers and vendors can donate to the food pantries at the end of the day.
• Bringing shelf stable products to the market for donation. (Some pantries may not accept these).

For more information click the link below and we are excited for your participation in this event!

Dont forget to pick up your summer meals!

Dont forget to pick up your summer meals!

It is time to start thinking about growing garlic. We usually don't plant until mid October - but it is time you think a...

It is time to start thinking about growing garlic. We usually don't plant until mid October - but it is time you think about buying garlic seed before it's all gone. This has happened many times to me. Here are some tips from Hudson Valley Seed.
How To Grow Garlic
Garlic is a power plant. The myths and lore surrounding it have been building up around the world for over seven millennia. It was so popular in ancient times that it is rumored to have triggered the first labor strike. During the construction of the Egyptian pyramids, the builders’ daily garlic ration was removed causing the workers to put down their tools in protest. It’s so powerful that there is a word – Alliumphobia – for those that fear it. Its influence is so strong, that some Hindu and Buddhist monks avoid it, so as not to stimulate their aggressive desires or be tempted by its aphrodisiac qualities. And it’s so celebrated that here in the Hudson Valley, we have a whole festival devoted to it, and we’re not unique in that phenomenon. To the home gardener, garlic is a gastronomic savior, an indispensable medicine in the home apothecary, and a fairly easy crop to grow.

One of the last planting tasks in the garden, at least here in the Northeast, is getting garlic in the ground. When you plant garlic in the fall, you are putting-it-to-bed since it needs a cold cycle to perform well. Read on to discover how much garlic to plant, how to choose a great location, and how and when to plant it.

1. Quantity

How much you plant depends on what you want out of your crop.

The shortest answer is that 1 pound can plant between 15 and 30 feet depending on the variety, and the amount of space you give it. (That's a single row. Space rows 12 inches apart in whatever bed system you use.)

Each pound of garlic can produce between 50-75 heads of garlic, since each clove can produce a head. If you would like to produce your own seed stock and your own eating stock, plan to reserve the top 30% of your harvest for planting.

2. Location

Since we follow a vegetable rotation, we know where our garlic will be well ahead of planting time. This gives us plenty of time to make sure the beds are well worked, weeded, amended and prepared.

Here's what you need to consider. Plan ahead a few weeks before your planting date:

1. First, pick your site. Garlic prefers rich, well-drained, weed-free soil and full sun. Ideally, pick a spot that is in full sun from winter through spring. It can be difficult to grow a crop in your weediest beds, so consider this when scouting during the summer.

2. Consider your mulching options. In wet winters, mulch plays an important role in keeping your garlic seed tucked safely in the soil. Without mulch, you risk your garlic seed popping out of the soil during frost-heave (the uplift of water-saturated soil due to expansion and contraction during the freeze-thaw cycle). Compost, aged manure, and weed-free hay or straw mulch are good choices. Give yourself plenty of time to get this figured out. Don't leave it for later lest you forget!

3. A few days prior to planting, prep your site. Visit our bed prep post for tips on how to get a good, even garden bed.

3. Planting Garlic.

Pick a sunny day in early to mid-October (in the Northeast), when the soil is still warm. Try to leave enough time before the ground freezes solid for the garlic to set roots. Garlic can be planted any time before the ground freezes solid, though, ideally 3-6 weeks prior.

Begin by breaking apart the heads of garlic into cloves. Count the cloves and determine the amount of space you need. Most hardneck varieties have 50-90 cloves per pound. Garlic prefers full sun, so choose a spot that will get full sun for the spring and early summer. Each clove will be planted at 6" spacing, in rows 12" apart. Weed and work a proper amount of garden space. After cultivating the space, mark the rows. Plant cloves root side down, 2" deep, at least 6" apart, in rows 12" apart. Water and cover with mulch. Your garlic will need to be tended to in the spring, once the ground warms and it begins to grow.

4. Spring growing conditions and care.

Garlic begins to poke through the ground as soon as the soil warms. If you covered your garlic with a thick mulch layer, rake it back to help warm the soil faster. Return the mulch into place after the garlic is up and growing. (Or you can just wait for it to poke up through the mulch—this will just sacrifice a week or two of growing time.)

Garlic prefers rich, weed-free soil and ample water. As spring weeds begin to emerge, pull them when small, taking care not to damage your garlic when pulling them out. Hardneck varieties produce garlic scapes in the spring. If left on the plant, the scapes will draw energy from the bulb, reducing size and quality. Once the scapes emerge, cut them off immediately to direct the plants' energy into bulb production. The scapes are an edible spring delicacy.

5. Fertility.

Garlic thrives in highly fertile soil. In the fall, plant garlic into well-composted beds. In the spring, give your garlic a nutrient boost in the form of alfalfa meal or an additional side-dress of compost.

Learn more about Double Up Food Bucks
Learn more about Double Up Food Bucks

Learn more about Double Up Food Bucks

Stretch your food dollars with Double Up Food Bucks! Get more fruits and vegetables when you spend your SNAP EBT Card dollars at participating farmers’ markets. It’s easy with Double Up Food Bucks! For example, if you spend $10 from your SNAP EBT Card at a participating farmers market or mobile ...

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When shopping at your local Farmers' Market you can plan ahead the same way as if you were going to a grocery store. For example, making a list of what your are planning to buy and potentially what store (in this case, vendor) to buy an item from. However shopping at an outdoor market can differ. Here are a couple of additional tips that will help prepare you for the famers' market:

If you use cash instead of or in addition to your tokens, vendors appreciate small bills and change.

Bring a cooler with freezer packs to keep any meat or dairy products cool while you shop; and bring your own totes to cut down on plastic bag usage.

And, as always, wear a mask.

It’s canning time !! What are you planning to can this growing season ??

It’s canning time !! What are you planning to can this growing season ??

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SNAP to Market

Shopping at Farmers' Markets during these unprecedented times are the best, and safe, option for food shopping. Markets are out in the open fresh air and there are less people than a crowded grocery store. Also fruits and vegetables are fresh, locally grown from our community. Find a local market near you to learn why shopping is a SNAP!


Meet our Summer Vista Dowah . She is working with ya this summer through Hunger Free America !!


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Buffalo, NY


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