Posted inFood Insecurity

SNAP Hacks: Six tips to help you with your application

As a result of the pandemic, many New Yorkers have found themselves battling food insecurity.  There are several government programs that can help those in critical need. One is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), sometimes called food stamps. SNAP is a monthly food assistance program where eligible recipients can qualify for up to $1,000 depending on their household size and income. Beneficiaries will receive an Electronics Benefits Transfer (EBT) card that will function like a debit card and can be used at participating grocery stores, some online retailers like at Amazon, Walmart and Shoprite to purchase food and even with some delivery services like Instacart.

Posted inClimate

Don’t forget about Pakistan

Pakistan is underwater — literally. By now, you may be aware of the torrential monsoon rains that caused severe flooding in Pakistan. These floods wiped out entire villages; around one-third of Pakistan is currently underwater and over 30 million people have been affected by these devastating floods. However, coverage of floods has dropped drastically since Hurricane Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico and Hurricane Ian in Florida, causing widespread destruction. Even though it’s been over three months since the floods started, Pakistan’s people are still in desperate need of help. New Yorkers with family members in Pakistan are mobilizing to help their families back home. 

Posted inFeatures

Outdoor dining regulations sow confusion 

Outdoor dining has become a part of New York City’s landscape. It’s beloved by many —  including patrons who want to take extra Covid-19 precautions and those who want a taste of Europe’s famous outdoor cafe culture in the Big Apple. But not everyone is happy; some residents believe outdoor dining was an emergency measure that should not remain a permanent part of the city’s dining scene. Outdoor dining sheds have become a divisive issue.

Posted inClimate

Composting comes to Queens: Here is what you need to know

Queens residents may have noticed brown compost bins popping up around their neighborhoods. Starting on Oct. 3, curbside composting will be available to all Queens residents. When organic material like food scraps, leaves and animal products decompose properly, it becomes compost that can be added to soil to help plants grow. Composting organic organic material also significantly reduces methane emissions — a much-needed win for the planet.

Posted inImmigration

Here’s what going on with the migrants in NYC

The flurry of attention over the unannounced arrival of dozens of recent asylum seekers to the small Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard — part of a broader bit of political theater engineered by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who himself has spent the past year putting into place bizarre and extreme border security stunts like sending the National Guard to the border — has reignited interest in the arrivals to New York City, and where they stand when they get off the buses in Port Authority.

Posted inSchools

Bronx schools make the list

The U.S. Department of Education recently announced its 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools and only three NYC schools made the list and all are in the Bronx. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes outstanding public and non-public schools and has given out 10,000 awards over the last 38 years. Of 297 schools across the country, the three NYC schools to receive the honor are Icahn Charter School 2, New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math & Science II, and South Bronx Classical Charter III.