The New York City Hunger Free Communities Consortium (HFCC) was a successful collaborative effort among nine leading anti-hunger, anti-poverty and government organizations in the five boroughs. Through integration and sharing of resources, the consortium coordinated a drive to alleviate hunger and ensure food security for low-income individuals throughout New York City.
As a collaborative endeavor, HFCC leveraged the resources and skills of each consortium partner and a vast array of other community groups, including you, to accomplish its goals. Three high need target groups were identified and were the focus of our efforts: households with children, the working poor, and seniors. In focusing our efforts on these populations, HFCC had a significant impact on alleviating hunger in New York City. Currently one in five New Yorkers lives below the poverty line making it difficult for many families to afford the food they need. HFCC utilized unique strategies to educate, engage, and assist individuals in obtaining food benefits either through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), school breakfast program, or other private food resources. This work remains important as the number of people living below the federal poverty line continues to rise.
HFCC made significant progress in coordinating outreach and connecting diverse communities with a multitude of food benefits and resources. Resources like SNAP, WIC, and school meals are some of the most effective ways of preventing hunger yet many are either unaware of their existence or simply think that they will not qualify. By raising the profile of these resources and simultaneously demystifying the eligibility and application process, HFCC has helped to lift people out of poverty and eliminate hunger in low-income communities.
Although the funding for HFCC has come to an end, the partners are looking to build on the momentum gained over the last two years helping people access the food resources they need and continue to make progress in eliminating hunger.
Read HFCC's concluding report of accomplishments here.