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Testimony submitted to the New York City Council Committee on General Welfare Regarding Hunger in New York City, 11/20/07
I regret to report that the Coalition’s annual survey of soup kitchens and food pantries, which we just released, found that the number of people who were forced to use these programs soared in New York City in 2007, while food stocks drastically declined, forcing fully half of these programs to ration food.
The Coalition’s survey estimated that pantry and kitchen use increased by 20% in 2007, on top of the 11% increase in 2006 estimated by last year’s survey. The Coalition said that the accelerating increase in hunger provided one of the first concrete signs that the local economy has started a significant slow-down...
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