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The Call Blog: Report Finds 85% Of Food Pantries See Increase In Visitors

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We honored the Food Bank for New York City for a reason. It deserves to be commended for bringing the needs of the hungry to the public's attention. And for those who don't see it where they live, volunteer for an afternoon at a soup kitchen outside your neighborhood and you will understand.



A report from the Food Bank for New York City paints a dire picture of the state of hunger in the five boroughs. The non-profit's survey found that compared to the same period last year, 85% of food pantries and soup kitchens are experiencing an increase in visitors after Congress cut five-billion dollars from the food stamp program in November.

Nearly 1.9 million New York City residents rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, also known as SNAP. Since the cuts took effect, the report found 31 percent of food providers are witnessing a 25 percent increase of visitors, while 16 percent have seen a 50 percent increase.

Are you noticing more and more New Yorkers turning to emergency food providers this winter compared to past years? Have you changed your eating habits as a result of the rising cost of food? Do you want Congress to reinstate the five-billion tax dollars spent on subsidizing food for low-income Americans?

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I WONDER HOW MANY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ARE MILLIONAIRES? MANY MEMBERS MADE THEIR MILLIONS WHILE SERVING IN CONGRESS, HMMNNNN. COME ON CONGRESS, STOP BEING MEAN TO THE CITIZENS OF AMERICA. THE JOBS THAT USED TO BE HERE WERE SENT TO OTHER COUNTRIES ABROAD. NO DOUBT THE REASON FOR YOUR MILLIONS. RESTORE THE FOOD PROGRAMS NOW.

JOE, BAY TERRACE



Hi John

My eating habits haven't changed but congress should reinstate money that were allocated for the SNAP program. There are to many families that rely on the money to feed their kids, the kids need food to grow and do well in school. If i see a family begging for food i would buy them food espically if its a single mom with a young child the babies need milk and baby food. The fellas need to get off their butts and help their baby mamas with the kids because the mom cant do it alone.

Herman
upper west side



Bring back some of the foreign aid and stop spending billions to protect the Afghan President. America first or do our elected officials owe allegiance to other countries?

Roscoe,
Park Hill



John,

This is what happens when government rules people's lives and the people become dependent on the government to supply with all their needs. In other countries, it's called variously socialism and communism.

Joe
Port Richmond, SI



Hi John,

Where are all of these politicians that take on projects of unimportance or should be put on the back burner so to say. WE NEED JOBS AND NOT JOBS IN FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS !!! They are a group of useless politicians that never accomplish much of anything. Meanwhile we are all left in the lurch day after day to try to make ends meet and in the end we must decide what to do after the rent is paid if we can even afford that. The food and all of our utilities, carfare and everything else is so expensive that it has become unbearable to deal with on a day to day basis. How long can we keep subsidizing for everyone's needs? This is not a solution as far as these politicians are concerned they should solve these problems and it goes back to square one and that is we need jobs. Plus it is a wonderful thing for all of these organizations to donate even their well runs dry sooner or later.

Thank you John,
maxxiee
mp



How can the mayor claim a mandate when 24% of eligible voters came out to vote. He didn't win (IMHO); the Republican lost because he was seen as Bloomberg lite and voters had enough of him after 12 years.

Robert
UES



Yes please reinstate it!

MSV
New Rochelle, NY



While people are starving, the governor is cutting taxes for the rich and collecting campaign contributions from them. His father would not approve.

Mario
Chelsea



With rent & taxes & heating bills, folks are relying on 99cents stores to feed families. A truly sick era.

MZ Richmond Hill Queens.



Too many workers are too poorly paid! People who work full time but earn minimum wage are on food stamps--come on already, do the math! Living on minimum wage in N--THE RENT IS TOO DAMN HIGH--YC=going to food pantries!

Shelley from Park Slope



Shame on Congress for attempting to cut down on SNAP when it's clear New Yorkers are struggling to make ends meet. Forget about the rising rents, food costs and the general cost of living, our 'financial aid' in a sense is threatened at a time when individuals need it most. Based on these facts, New York City will always be the tale of two cities and it seems the government wants to keep it this way.

Maurice from Bedford-Stuyvesant



Fix the corruption vs increase food stamps. Perhaps if the budget was cut the administration of the people running the program might go after the people who are cheating the system. There's plenty of money...there's just so much corruption that if you fix that then there would be plenty of money for the truly needy.

Miss Quinn



Dear John,

I understand the complaints with government spending and needed budget cuts. However, it be nice if Food Stamp Cuts should not be permitted unless there is a way to help people obtain jobs to purchase their own food.

Kevin
Clifton, Staten Island



This is a perfect example of misallocation of funds, the gov't can't feed the poor, and punishes the educated and wealthy, so the first lady gets a chief of staff that makes in excess of 100k? he's jakyl and hyde meets Robin hood. come on

Robert
Hells kitchen



The cuts to Foods Stamps and the funding for Food Pantries is the result of the Republican Congress. Their statement was "If you don't work you don't eat". As long as the Congress has the House, the food stamp budget being reinstated is "mute". These Congressmen don't feel the cuts are "deep enough". This is what we are dealing with. It's now up to the President to use his Executive Powers.

Theresa
Upper West Side



Regarding that disabled man that called --- you can be disabled and still work there are plenty ways you can work at home, on computer, even when disabled -- but to some of these people why work when you can stay home on SSI and other benefits, goto food pantries for better food you can buy in stores and goto winter coat drives for $200 coats for free!! Why work ?? It's better to sit home play lazy and poor -- that's what half of people doing anyways -- who don't like free stuff? hAH

-sebastian g,. Brooklyn ny



The food pantry is needed. I feel very sorry for the people that depend on it but I am very thankful that we can help them. I do not like when I see and know of people that go there for their food and take advantage when they do not have to go.

Dolores from South Beach, Staten Island



its to be some way the they can issue an i d for people who realy needs food they are people who have good makeing good money stocking up on this food

Anonymous



The choices are:
A. restore food programs during emergent situations so people can eat while trying to find a job working a living wage. OR B. the other choice is feed them in prisons, or work camps that were the other alternative Brian alluded to.

I think Bryan and Mary hit the nail on the head: it costs so much less to feed 10 people as a group, than it costs to feed 10 single people. There is financial power in groups, so these kitchens actually reduce government spending on food subsidies. AS WELL, you have to earn less than $12,000 dollars in order to get food stamps.

Jackson

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