Thu, 22 Nov 2007
More than 1.3 million people, one in six New Yorkers, cannot afford enough food, with queues at soup kitchens getting longer steadily.
Today, at least two million New York City residents are currently hungry or at risk of going hungry. The New York City Coalition Against Hunger says the number of people who use food pantries and soup kitchens in the city increased by 20% in 2007.
They have to decide between paying the rent and putting food on their table, between accessing medical care and buying groceries, between eating healthy well-balanced meals or skipping meals in order to make their food last over a longer period of time.
The coalition blames the situation mainly on increased poverty as well as government cutbacks in food aid. According to a survey, 59% of New York's food programs, up from 48% last year, said they did not have enough resources to meet demand.
The US Department of Agriculture says 12.6 million households nationwide, or more than 30 million people - 10% of the population - did not have enough food at some point in 2006 in the United States
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