Coalition Against Hunger operates nationwide hotline

About 1 in 10 New Hampshire residents live in households that can’t always afford enough food, but the United States Department of Agriculture funds a toll-free hotline to make it easier for them to access food from private and governmental resources.

The hotline can be reached at 1-866-348-6479 from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The New York City Coalition Against Hunger, which operates the hotline nationwide as part of a USDA National Hunger Clearinghouse contract, has just launched a coast-to-coast outreach campaign to increase the use of the hotline.

The hotline staff connects callers with emergency food providers in their community, government assistance, nutritional assistance programs and various services that promote self-sufficiency. During the summer, the hotline provides information about meal sites where children 18 and younger can get free, nutritious meals through the USDA Summer Food Service Program.