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Historic Food & Hunger Program Coming To New York

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Part of the Solution (POTS)

On Monday, January 30, 2017, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) will join together with hunger advocates and others at Part of the Solution (POTS) to discuss New York State’s participation in a nationwide pilot program to allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants to purchase their groceries online.

Borough President Diaz and Rep. Maloney led the campaign in New York State to bring about this historic innovation, which will allow consumers greater access to affordable groceries, help combat food deserts, promote healthier diet choices and create billions of dollars in new business opportunities.

Borough President Diaz and Rep. Maloney will be joined at the event by advocates for the program, including Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, and Christopher Bean, Executive Director of POTS, as well as an individual who will be positively impacted by the new law.

More information about the program can be found here.

 

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