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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.

Summary of Findings: 2013 Annual Hunger Survey

-Between 1.3 and 1.4 million NYC residents are food insecure - including one in five of the city's children.

-One in 10 NYC seniors are food insecure.

-Statewide in New York, one in eight residents suffered food insecurity in 2010-2012.

-New York City’s food pantries and soup kitchens faced an increased demand of 10 percent in 2013. Consequently, nearly half (45.1 percent) reported they lacked sufficient resources to meet the growing demand and nearly half (45.6 percent) said they were forced to turn people away, reduce the amount of food distributed per person, or limit their hours of operation because they lacked sufficient resources in 2013.

-The majority of responding agencies citywide (59.5 percent), and all the agencies in Staten Island, responded that they are feeding more people than before, at least partially due to Superstorm Sandy.