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NYCCAH’s Annual Hunger Survey Report Released

November 29, 2010

Our report shows that while food pantries and soup kitchens experienced an increase in demand for food over the past year, the situation could have been much worse without the stimulus package and the surge in enrollment in the national Food Stamp Program (SNAP). Read the report here:

Press coverage includes this piece from NY1:

Report: City’s Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens Cope With Higher Demands

Updated 11/23/2010 02:10 PM

A new report by the New York City Coalition Against Hunger says hunger continues to be a growing problem here in the city, with families, the elderly and children especially at risk. NY1’s Tina Redwine filed the following report.

According to a new study by the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, demand at New York City’s more than 1,000 food pantries and soup kitchens increased about 7 percent this year, on top of the 20-percent increase in 2009.

“There’s been no recovery for hungry New Yorkers,” said New York City Coalition Against Hunger Director Joel Berg. “The stock market has been going through the roof. Hungry New Yorkers are still flocking in record numbers to soup kitchens and food pantries.”

According to the survey, demand for food increased by at least nearly 75 percent of responding agencies in all boroughs.

Staten Island was the hardest hit, with 100 percent of the borough’s responding agencies saying they saw an increase in demands.

In Brooklyn, 90.9 percent of agencies saw an increased demand for food, followed by 89.4 percent in Queens, 84.8 percent in Manhattan and 74 percent in the Bronx.

At the same time, the same food pantries and soup kitchens on Staten Island reported not having enough food to meet the increased demand.

“Staten Island is the best example of the disappearing middle class in New York. If even Staten Islanders can’t afford enough food, no wonder we have this problem citywide,” said Berg.

Captain Libaniel Urbina, who runs the food pantry at the Salvation Army on Broad Street in Staten Island, says his facility needs help to get through the holiday season.

“We are in desperate need of food. If you can look around here, we have at least enough for this week or the next week, but then we’ll need more,” he said.

Food charities also said they saw even more needy families this year along with the elderly.

According to the coalition, as of September, 200,000 more people received SNAP/food stamps benefits as compared to last year, bringing the total number of New Yorkers in the program to 1.7 million.

Those fighting hunger hope New Yorkers will volunteer their time and money this holiday season.

“This is a time to be together and help each other, for one reason — the community, our community,” said Urbina.

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