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.
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Good News for Older Adults in Genesee County ! Farmer Market coupons are out and you can find, Office for the Aging  at ...
07/17/2020

Good News for Older Adults in Genesee County ! Farmer Market coupons are out and you can find, Office for the Aging at the Genesee Country Farmers’ Market every Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. and every Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for the months of July and August.

Le Roy Farmers’ Market every Saturday in July from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

07/17/2020

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES NEW COVID RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM



Funding Available to Tenants Impacted by Coronavirus Pandemic

Bolsters Ongoing Efforts to Keep New Yorkers in Their Homes



Program Application Will Be Available Here on Thursday, July 16



Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced an emergency rental assistance program that will help keep low-income families throughout New York in their homes. The program, which is designed to reach those individuals and families with the greatest need, will provide direct aid for tenants who lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is funded through the Coronavirus Relief Fund, which is part of the CARES Act. The program is administered by New York State Homes and Community Renewal and access to program applications will be available here on Thursday, July 16.



"Since day one we made it clear that no New Yorkers should be thrown on the streets because of hardships caused by this pandemic," Governor Cuomo said. "It's critically important that people are able to stay safely in their homes as we progress through our data-driven, phased reopening, and the COVID Rent Relief Program reinforces that commitment with direct assistance to those in the greatest need."



Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said, "Despite the progress we have made in fighting COVID-19, millions of New Yorkers are struggling because of this virus and the economic crisis. Providing direct aid to overburdened renters will help these New Yorkers stay in their homes and be able to make ends meet. I applaud Senator Brian Kavanagh for advancing this legislation, my Senate Democratic Majority for passing it, and Governor Cuomo for signing it into law. While this effort will offer some relief, we know that government needs to step up and provide more support during this difficult time. We are going to keep advancing meaningful legislation to help New Yorkers, and we need the federal government to work with us and provide the resources our state needs."



Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said, "For many New Yorkers, the COVID-19 pandemic has made the challenges of securing affordable housing even greater. The Assembly Majority has fought tirelessly for years to keep New Yorkers in their homes and in the communities that they helped shape. With many New Yorkers still out of work, we still need assistance from the federal government to help states deal with significant fiscal challenges. We must do everything in our power to help New York families. This rental assistance program, while still not enough to meet the tremendous needs that exist, is a step forward to lifting a financial burden off of our most vulnerable families. We will continue to look to do more to help people remain in their homes during this unprecedented time."



Under the new program, eligible households will benefit from a one-time rental subsidy paid directly to landlords and housing providers. Tenants are not required to repay this assistance.



To qualify for the program, applicants must meet all of the eligibility requirements:



· Must be a renter with a primary residence in New York State.

· Before March 1, 2020 and at the time of application, household income (including unemployment benefits) must be below 80 percent of the Area Median Income, adjusted for household size. Applicants can find the Area Median Income for their county, based on household size, on HCR's website here.

· Before March 1, 2020 and at the time of application, the household must have been "rent burdened," which is defined as paying more than 30 percent of gross monthly income towards rent.

· Applicants must have lost income during any period between April 1, 2020 and July 31, 2020.

· The application period will be open for two weeks. Residents can apply any time during the two-week period.



HCR will prioritize households with greatest economic and social need, accounting for income, rent burden, percent of income lost and risk of homelessness. The rental assistance payment will cover the difference between the household's rent burden on March 1, 2020 and the increase in rent burden during the period the household is applying for assistance. Households can apply for up to four months in rental assistance for the months of April through July. The program is open to households that rent apartments, single-family homes, manufactured homes and manufactured home lots.



Households with at least one household member with U.S. Citizenship or eligible immigration status are qualified to receive the subsidy. Tenants currently receiving a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher for housing costs or who reside in public housing are not eligible for RRP assistance.



The COVID Rent Relief Program builds upon Governor Cuomo's efforts to protect New York's renters during the coronavirus pandemic. This includes a statewide moratorium on COVID-related residential or commercial evictions; banning late payments or fees for missed rent payments during the eviction moratorium; and allowing renters facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 to use their security deposit as payment and repay their security deposit over time.

Emergency Allotments (EA) for SNAP recipients were authorized by Congress under the Families First Coronavirus Response ...
07/17/2020

Emergency Allotments (EA) for SNAP recipients were authorized by Congress under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) previously approved NYS’s plan to distribute EA of SNAP benefits in March, April, May and June. FNS recently approved NYS’s request to provide EA for SNAP recipients in the month of July.

In NYS, over 700,000 individuals and families enrolled in SNAP will receive the EA supplement to bring their July SNAP benefit to the maximum allowable benefit to help them avoid food insecurity.

Cheektowaga/Sloan summer Lunches - pick up and take home !Meals are served Monday - FridayDingens Playground 701 Dingens...
07/16/2020

Cheektowaga/Sloan summer Lunches - pick up and take home !
Meals are served Monday - Friday

Dingens Playground
701 Dingens St.
July 6th – August 28th
Breakfast and Lunch 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Sloan Village Park
50 Griffith St.
July 6th – August 28th
Breakfast and Lunch 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Theodore Roosevelt School
2495 William St.
July 6th – August 28th
Breakfast and Lunch 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Summer Food Lunches  for Children  18 years and Younger  in Lackawanna - Pick up and eat at home.Lackawanna -14218All Pa...
07/16/2020

Summer Food Lunches for Children 18 years and Younger in Lackawanna - Pick up and eat at home.

Lackawanna -14218
All Parks in the city of Lackawanna will serve lunch
June 29th - August 14th
Monday - Friday
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
3 lunches provided on Friday’s to cover weekend needs.

Lackawanna Senior Center
230 Martin Rd.
Monday - Friday
Breakfast: 9-00 AM - 10:00 AM
Lunch – 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Yemen Soccer Ctr.
61 Ingham Ave.
Monday - Friday
Breakfast: 9-00 AM - 10:00 AM
Lunch: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Willie Cotton Recreation Center
52 Gates Ave.
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
Breakfast & Lunch: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Youth to receive breakfast and lunch for two days.

Summer meals in Tonawanda !Tonawanda-14150Meals are served Monday – Friday Sheridan Parkside 169 Sheridan Parkside12:00p...
07/16/2020

Summer meals in Tonawanda !

Tonawanda-14150
Meals are served Monday – Friday
Sheridan Parkside
169 Sheridan Parkside
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Youth receive lunch and breakfast for next day.

Lincoln Park
299 Decatur Rd.
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Youth receive lunch and breakfast for next day.

The Summer Food Service Program is going on in Genesee County. Check out the drive up sites, times and days :-)
07/15/2020

The Summer Food Service Program is going on in Genesee County. Check out the drive up sites, times and days :-)

Learn more about Double Up Food Bucks
07/15/2020
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 ...

07/15/2020
SNAP to Market
07/13/2020

SNAP to Market

At participating Farmers' Markets you can stretch your food dollars to get more fruits and vegetables when you use your SNAP EBT card. It's easy with doubling up your food bucks! For example, only spent up to $20, if you spend $15 using your SNAP EBT card, we give you another $15 to buy more produce for you and your family.

Check at your local farmers' market information table to find out! https://bit.ly/2D3KDnw

Food That’s In When School is Out!The need for healthy nutrition does not end when school lets out for the summer. The S...
07/13/2020

Food That’s In When School is Out!

The need for healthy nutrition does not end when school lets out for the summer. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) fills that gap by providing good, nutritious food that’s “in” when school is “out”. It ensures that children ages 18 years or younger, in low-income areas, can continue to receive nutritious meals during school vacations.

07/13/2020
07/12/2020

SAVE THE DATE! Monday, July 20 – Anti-Hunger “Rolling Rally”
Ring and Rally Your Senators to Pass a COVID-19 Package
That Boosts SNAP

Hungry people can’t wait.

On Monday, JULY 20, join FRAC and other advocates in a day of action to tell the Senate it must act quickly to pass a COVID-19 relief package that boosts SNAP benefits so that the growing number of struggling households may continue to put food on the table.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Ring and rally your Senators on July 20, between 9 a.m. – Noon*
*your local time

1. With advocates in every corner of the country calling during this time, calls will be rolling into Senate offices throughout the day on their first day back from the July 4th recess. Let’s make some noise! Find a list of your senators’ phone numbers here.

2. Throughout the day of action, we encourage you to share a short selfie video (one minute or less) or a selfie photo calling for boosts to SNAP. Find senators’ Twitter handles and guidance on how to post a video or photo. Use hashtag #BoostSNAPNow and remember to tag your Senators.

07/12/2020
07/11/2020
Thank all of you have supported Food For All with our Loaded Lumber fundraiser ! A bunch of us got together last night t...
07/10/2020

Thank all of you have supported Food For All with our Loaded Lumber fundraiser ! A bunch of us got together last night to work our DYI project ! If you have not completed your project yet- please consider waiting until it is less humid outside. It was very difficult to separate the stencil. If you have completed your work of art- please share a picture with us !

07/10/2020

Youth employment for Genesee County !

We are looking to employ up to 45 youth this year and have a very quick turnaround to get the program going as we just received word that funding was released. The Job Development Bureau will be scheduling intake appointments for the week of July 13 – 17th. Youth will be required to attend mandatory training the week of July 20th and then begin work at sites throughout the County the week of July 27th. Employment will be approximately 20 hours per week for 5 weeks. We want to ensure this is a safe and healthy experience for our youth, so we will be providing training on the expectations of safety in the workplace using CDC and NYS Health Department Guidelines including: social distancing, protective barriers, sanitation, hygiene, and health screening processes to enter workplace. We are also looking for more outdoor worksites and projects around the County. Any businesses, agencies, or organizations interested in hosting a youth worksite or who have special projects can call the Job Development Bureau at (585) 344-2042 for more information. It is a great deal; you provide the work, a great experience and supervision and we pay the wage and insure the youth.



For more information, please contact the Genesee County Career Center, at (585) 344-2042 and speak with the Senior Counselor, Lisa Smith or by email at [email protected]



Do not delay, spots will fill fast.

07/10/2020
The canning season is on its way ? Have you started to can yet ? If so what ?? Here are some garlic scapes that we canne...
07/10/2020

The canning season is on its way ? Have you started to can yet ? If so what ?? Here are some garlic scapes that we canned. Garlic scapes can be found on the top of hard neck garlic when growing . They should of been harvested a few weeks ago . The garlic scapes in the photo are from a backyard garden , a farmers marker and CSA !

07/10/2020

SUMMER MEALS FOR KIDS

With summer in full swing, schools, community centers, public parks, and libraries across the nation are operating their Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). This program ensures that kids still have access to nutritious meals even when school is not in session. Usually, meals must be served and eaten on site, however, with COVID-19 and the need for social distancing, the USDA has made a temporary exception to this rule and is allowing grab-and-go meals instead. Use the Summer Meal Site Finder tool or text "Summer" to 97-779 to find a summer meals near you. Be sure to confirm the protocols before visiting the meal site.

07/10/2020

Cooling Assistance

You can apply for cooling assistance to buy and install an air conditioner or a fan for your home. Your household is allowed one or the other, and the price cannot be more than $800 with installation. Like HEAP funding, cooling assistance funds are limited and are distributed on a first-come-first-served basis.

You must be a U.S. citizen or a qualified alien with a documented medical condition that is aggravated by heat. You must also meet certain income guidelines. Review additional requirements to determine if you’re eligible to apply.

The HEAP Cooling Assistance benefit opens May 1, 2020.

Where to apply:

You may apply for the HEAP Cooling Assistance with your HEAP Local District. Please message us if you need help find the number

07/10/2020

GENESEE COUNTY
Drive-thru

FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS

July:
8: City Church (St. Anthony’s)—9am
(114 Liberty Street, Batavia 585-343-6895)
15: Northgate-- 9am
(8160 Bank Street Rd., Batavia 585-343-6284)
22: Oakfield-Alabama CSD-- 9am
(7001 Lewiston Road, Oakfield)
29: Byron- Bergen High School-- 3pm
(6917 W. Bergen Rd., Bergen 585-343-6284)

August:
5: City Church (St. Anthony’s)—9am
(114 Liberty Street, Batavia 585-343-6895)
12: Oakfield-Alabama CSD-- 9am
(7001 Lewiston Road, Oakfield)
19: Byron-Bergen High School-- 3pm
(6917 W. Bergen Rd., Bergen 585-343-6284)
26: Northgate-- 9am
(8160 Bank Street Rd., Batavia 585-343-6284)

September:
2: City Church (St. Anthony’s)—9am
(114 Liberty Street, Batavia 585-343-6895)

07/09/2020
07/09/2020
07/09/2020

Sowing possibilities for our Growing Season in Zone 6A
June 14th Beans, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Collards, Cucumbers, Fast-Growing Cabbages (such as Early Jersey Wakefield or Red Express), Fennel, Kale, Lettuce, Parsnips, Scallions, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Tatsoi, Winter Squash
June 21st Beans, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Collards, Cucumbers, Fast-Growing Cabbages (such as Early Jersey Wakefield or Red Express), Fennel, Kale, Lettuce, Parsnips, Scallions, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Tatsoi, Winter Squash
June 28th Beans, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Collards, Cucumbers, Fast-Growing Cabbages (such as Early Jersey Wakefield or Red Express), Fennel, Kale, Lettuce, Parsnips, Scallions, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Tatsoi, Winter Squash
July 7th Beans, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Collards, Cucumbers, Fast-Growing Cabbages (such as Early Jersey Wakefield or Red Express), Fennel, Kale, Lettuce, Parsnips, Peas, Rutabaga, Scallions, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Tatsoi
July 14th Beans, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Cucumbers, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Parsnips, Peas, Rutabaga, Scallions, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Tatsoi
July 21st Arugula, Beans, Beets, Bok Choy, Carrots, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Cucumbers, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Mibuna/Mizuna, Rutabaga, Scallions, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Tatsoi
July 28th Arugula, Beets, Bok Choy, Carrots, Chinese Cabbage, Lettuce, Mibuna/Mizuna, Kale, Kohlrabi, Swiss Chard, Tatsoi
August 7th Arugula, Beets, Bok Choy, Carrots, Chinese Cabbage, Komatsuna, Lettuce, Mibuna/Mizuna, Mustard Greens, Swiss Chard, Tatsoi, Turnips
August 14th Arugula, Bok Choy, Komatsuna, Lettuce, Mibuna/Mizuna, Mustard Greens, Swiss Chard, Spinach, Tatsoi, Turnips
August 21st Arugula, Bok Choy, Komatsuna, Lettuce, Mibuna/Mizuna, Mustard Greens, Swiss Chard, Spinach, Tatsoi, Turnips
August 28th Arugula, Bok Choy, Komatsuna, Lettuce, Mache, Mibuna/Mizuna, Mustard Greens, Spinach, Tatsoi, Turnips
September 7th Arugula, Komatsuna, Lettuce, Mache, Mibuna/Mizuna, Mustard Greens, Radishes, Spinach
September 14th Arugula, Komatsuna, Lettuce, Mache, Radishes, Spinach
September 21st until the ground freezest Continue planting seeds of cold-hardy varieties such as Lettuce, Mache, and Spinach to give plants a head-start on spring. They will overwinter and reward your foresight with delicious early spring salads. Plant cold-hardy brassicas such as Bok Choy or Komatsuna for harvest as baby greens (don't try too hard to overwinter these late plantings—they will bolt before growing much at all in the spring).

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