A new report, Trade-offs at the Dinner Table, by the Food Bank for New York City shares new data about the local outcomes of the cut to all SNAP benefits that happened in November of 2013 and which has been designated the, “Hunger Cliff”.   Economic losses from the Hunger Cliff amount to over $1.3 Billion in NYC and includes a loss of approximately 223 million meals for hungry families    The report finds that nearly 80% of food pantries and soup kitchens across NYC continue to see increased need for food assistance four years after the initial Hunger Cliff took effect.  Included in the report is community-level data on SNAP participation in New York City.  This report concludes that the charitable network of community based emergency food programs cannot replace the resources SNAP provides to hungry families and individuals.

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