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NYCCAH's Annual Hunger Survey Report Released This Morning

New Report Shows that, Although Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen Usage Soared, Federal Funding Surge Prevented Problem from Becoming Catastrophic.
Schumer, Quinn, Gotbaum Join Hunger Advocates at Local Pantry to Release Data;
Report Directly Proves Effectiveness of Federal Recovery Bill in Fighting Hunger

While the number of New Yorkers forced to use the city’s soup kitchens and food pantries soared by 21 percent in the last year, because federal anti-hunger spending through the economic recovery bill and the Food Stamp Program increased in New York City by more than $500 million during the same period, fewer agencies ran out of food than the year before, according to the annual survey of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger.

This Coalition’s report not only graphically demonstrates the negative impact of the recession, it is also one of the first concrete indicators anywhere in the country as to the success of the federal economic recovery bill in battling hunger. Although the report showed that 55 percent of emergency food programs lacked enough food to meet the growing demand, that was a significant improvement over 2008, when fully 69 percent of the pantries and kitchens lacked sufficient food.

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