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NYCCAH’s Annual Hunger Survey Report

December 17, 2009

Last month the Coalition Against Hunger released our Annual Hunger Survey Report.  To gather information for the report we surveyed nearly 300 soup kitchens and food pantries in New York City, asking about the demand they have seen over the past year.  City-wide, responding agencies saw an 20.8 percent increase in demand.

However, it wasn’t all bad news.  Even with the worsening economy and more people seeking help at food pantries and soup kitchens, these agencies were better able to meet the need.  Thanks to increased government funding through the federal stimulus package, the number of responding agencies who did not have enough food to meet their demand dropped from 69% in 2008 to 55% this year.

Increased government funding to SNAP (formerly food stamps) also helped to feed the increasing number of hungry New Yorkers.

Although there was an increase in people needing food over the past year, extra government funding has kept people afloat in these hard times.

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