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Hunger Glossary

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Hunger

The discomfort, weakness or pain caused by a prolonged lack of food. In addition, many experts consider hunger to be chronically inadequate nutritional intake due to low incomes; that is, people do not have to experience discomfort, weakness or pain to be hungry from a nutritional perspective. The long-term effect of hunger is malnutrition.

Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP)

Better known by its acronym than its official title, HPNAP is administered by the New York State Department of Health and is dedicated to improving the health and nutrition status of people in need of food assistance in New York State. They do so by providing funding and other support to enhance the accessibility and availability of safe and nutritious food and food-related resources and by providing comprehensive nutrition and health education programs. HPNAP works in partnership with food banks operating in New York State.

Hunger Relief Organization

A general term that can be applied to any charitable organization whose mission involves dealing with the immediate effects and underlying causes of hunger. Feeding America, Long Island Cares and member agencies like food pantries and soup kitchens can all be termed hunger relief organizations.

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