New York City Coalition Against Hunger
A new report shows that more and more people are coming to the doors of New York City’s 1,100 soup kitchens and food pantries.
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.
New York City’s hunger problem is now a crisis, according to those who work with people who need help.
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.
Volunteers gave up their day as part of a national effort to honor the life and legacy or Martin Luther King by improving communities.
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.