Hunger Prevention Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP) 2022-2023

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that more than two million New Yorkers, 12% of the population, do not always have enough money to meet their basic nutritional needs.

Almost 35% of New York’s residents have incomes at or below 200% of the federal poverty level and may be eligible for federal food assistance programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) . But these programs do not adjust for New York State’s higher costs for housing, utilities and food. HPNAP helps to fill this gap.

For more than 30 years, HPNAP has provided state and federal funds to improve the quality of food distributed to an estimated 2,500 Emergency Food Relief Organizations (EFRO) in New York State.

In 2022, NY Governor Hochul and state lawmakers invested an additional $22 million in New York’s Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP). This marks the first HPNAP increase in over 5 years.

HPNAP, in partnership with organizations that serve the hungry, is dedicated to improving the health and nutritional status of people in need of food assistance by:

  • Providing funding and other support to enhance the accessibility and availability of safe and nutritious food and food related resources;
  • Developing and providing comprehensive nutrition education programs;
  • Monitoring and assessing customer needs and hunger-related issues to strengthen the program effectiveness;
  • Empowering people to increase their independence from food assistance programs.

To access the current grant year information:
HPNAP 2022-2023 Period 5 Materials

2022-2023 HPNAP Period 5 Operations Support and Equipment Documentation Seminar


HPNAP Background and Resources