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Hunger in New York City

Sadly, the need for the New York City Coalition Against Hunger is greater than ever, with the city facing an increasing crisis of poverty and hunger. in the 2010-2012 time frame, between 1.3 and 1.4 million New Yorkers - including one in five of the city's children - lived in households that lacked sufficient food.

In the Coalition's latest annual survey of hunger in New York City - the most comprehensive of its kind - New York City’s emergency food providers (food pantries, soup kitchens, and brown bag programs) reported a 10 percent increase in need for their services, with the fastest growth in demand from families with children. While this comes as no surprise, given that demand at such agencies has been rising for years, and has only been accelerated by the recession and Superstorm Sandy, this year's findings also show something new: a renewed potential to alleviate hunger through government action.