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HUNGER IN NYC: BY THE NUMBERS
- 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.
- About 75% of children in NYC Schools qualify for free or reduced-price School Lunch.
- 100% of NYC schools provide breakfast at no cost to students or families – no application required – however, NYC has the lowest school breakfast participation among 63 large school districts across the country.
· Research has shown that full day pre-kindergarten reduces poverty and income inequality. In New York City alone, nearly 50,000 eligible children do not receive full-day pre-K. Allowing NYC to set its own tax rates in order to raise taxes slightly on the wealthiest to pay for universal pre-K would decrease hunger, as every enrolled child would be eligible for free, federally-subsidized breakfast, and many would be entitled for federally subsidized, free or reduced-price, lunch.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
· Support Universal Pre-K by contacting your state legislators and asking them to allow New York City to be allowed to set its own tax rates by calling (866) 591-9971.