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Still Scaling the Hunger Cliff: Need at NYC Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens

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Still Scaling the Hunger Cliff: Need at NYC Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens

January 17, 2017
By
Dawn Secor

A recent research brief by the Food Bank For NYC highlights the continued increased need at food pantries and soup kitchens in New York City three years after the SNAP program was cut throughout the nation.  The report refers to the cut in SNAP benefits as the, "Hunger Cliff" and estimates that this cut in SNAP amounted to a loss of over $540 million in federal food assistance dollars or 161 million meals for low-income families and individuals since November 2013.  The report warns that the emergency food system cannot take the place of SNAP - our nation's first line of defense against hunger - providing more food in two months than the city's entire emergency food network supplies in one year.