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Working But Hungry: Shocking NYC Stats

Posted on December 4, 2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

What happened to the American dream?

Nearly half of all working-age people in New York State and City who face hunger are employed. And many hold more than one job! The recession, said to formally end in 2009, left out New York’s working poor, according to the New York City Hunger Report 2015.

Released just in time for the holidays, the report documents what we all see as we walk city streets:

  • 1 in 5 NYC children – 403,780! – are “food insecure” (AKA hungry)
  • 1 in 6 children in NY state are hungry
  • 1 in 7 NY elderly cannot afford enough food
  • 1.4 million children, seniors, people with disabilities, veterans and others struggle with hunger citywide.

Making matters worse, food stamps were cut. Our food pantries are hard pressed to meet the swelling need.

Yes, Wall Street recovered. Yet here in Empire City, hunger is sky-high.

Read the full report from the New York City Coalition Against Hunger

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