Unfortunately, this well-established social truth is one that is revisited every year around the holiday season, when conspicuous purchase stands in stark contrast to the need across our city.
Last week, the New York City Coalition Against Hunger released its food pantry needs survey, and according to their findings, need in the city is on the rise. With detrimental budget cuts to the nation’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), 125,000 New Yorkers are feeling the struggle to feed themselves and their families even more than last year.
With one in 10 children in Queens living in households that cannot afford enough food, and Brooklyn suffering from a severe meal gap, new access and help to food assistance need to be found in our city.
Compared to last year, the hungry are suffering through a $426 million deficit in food-related aid, and if the federal government won’t fork it back over, then maybe it’s time the more fortunate people of our city’s turn to dish out.
Whether from public, private, or hybrid efforts, someone needs to take up arms against hunger and do what can be done to eradicate this unnecessary detractor from peace of mind and productivity.
In one of the richest cities in the world, there shouldn't be so many of its citizens struggling just to eat.