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HUNGER IN NYC: BY THE NUMBERS
- Nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers live in food insecure households, according to USDA data – that’s 1 out of every 6 residents in the city.
- 1 in 5 children in NYC live in households that can’t afford enough food.
- 1.7 million New Yorkers (21%) live in poverty – that’s $30,925 or less in annual income for a family of four.
- The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour and has been since July 24, 2009. For a full-time worker earning minimum wage, that’s only $14,500 a year, far below the poverty level.
- In many states, some workers are entitled to less protection, and so they earn far less, including tipped, farm, and domestic workers.
According to the Economic Policy Institute, if the United States increased the minimum wage to $10.10, 7 million parents would get a raise, includingone fifth of all working moms and 11.6 percent of all working dads and their families who would see an increase in wages.
Increasing the minimum wage reduces SNAP enrollment and saves money, according to a recent report from the Center for American Progress. A 10 percent increase in the minimum wage would reduce SNAP enrollment by between 2.4 percent and 3.2 percent and reduce program expenditures by an estimated 1.9 percent. Increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 could save taxpayers $46 billion in 2014 dollars over 10 years.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Call the White House at 202-456-1111 and ask President Obama to increase the minimum wage for all workers.
Call your Members of Congress through the Congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask them to support an increase in the minimum wage for all workers.