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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 2011-2013 time frame, over 1.4 million New Yorkers - including nearly one in four 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 7 percent increase in need for their services, on top of an increased demand of 10 percent in 2013, 5 percent in 2012, 12 percent in 2011, 7 percent in 2010, and 20 percent in 2009. These findings are only exacerbated by recent cuts in federal nutrition.

Summary of Findings: 2014 Annual Hunger Survey

-One in six New York City residents - over 1.4 million - are food insecure.

-Nearly one in four children in New York City are food insecure.

-One in 10 NYC seniors are food insecure.

-Statewide in New York, one in 10 individuals are food insecure.

-As a direct result of recent SNAP cuts, 92.9 percent of New York City soup kitchens and food pantries reported that the cuts had "increased the number of our clients and/or incrased the food needs of our existing clients."

-44.4 percent of respondents said the demand had increased "significantly" and 48.4 percent said their demand had increased "somewhat."