The survey data showed 3 million people, or 16 percent of the state’s population, with income below the poverty level in 2013. Nationally, 48.8 million people, also about 16 percent, lived in poverty.
King was born Jan. 15, 1929, and the federal holiday is the third Monday in January.
The survey found the problem was greatest in the Bronx. Thirty-six percent of residents and 49 percent of children there didn’t have enough money for balanced meals from 2010 through 2012.
Food banks were strapped financially before superstorm Sandy, but they’re now trying to cope with even larger groups in need.
City leaders are calling on the Bloomberg administration to stop finger printing New Yorkers who are seeking food stamps, calling the practice unnecessary and punitive.