GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Basic access to healthy food is a real problem in many of Long Island’s poorest communities, according to a new study by Adelphi University.
A forum was held in Garden City Tuesday morning, called “The Truth and the Facts: Food Inequality on Long Island.”
The problem of food inequality also affects many living above the poverty line, according to Director of Research Sarah Eichberg.
“They were struggling and going to food pantries, having to cut corners, having to make decisions between am I going to buy food or am I going to pay my rent or get health care,” Eichberg told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs.
The study also identified affordable housing is a major issue for those suffering from food inequality.
In addition, it said that people in Long Island’s poorest communities are greater risk for physical and mental health issues due to food inequality.
Plus, there is the shame.
“Part of what we want to do with this project is bring the topic to the fore because there’s nothing shameful about it and it can be happening to your neighbor,” Eichberg said.