Large majorities of New Yorkers say lower income people in their area face at least somewhat, if not very, significant challenges regarding food and hunger. They struggle to access and afford nutritious food, find adequate transportation to stores, and plan healthy meals, according to a special Food Security Survey released today by the Siena College Research Institute.

About one out of every eight New Yorkers has, in the last year, received food from a local pantry or meals program, with half of those doing so somewhat or very often. More, 17 percent, have received government assistance from programs like SNAP or WIC, with just under one in 10 New Yorkers doing so very often.