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More New Yorkers Face Hunger After Congress Cuts Food Stamps

 
More New Yorkers Face Hunger After Congress Cuts Food Stamps
Posted Friday, January 24th 2014 @ 7am

(Max Rivlin-Nadler) Following Congress's decision to cut $5 Billion in funding from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or, food stamps) last November, New York City food banks have been flooded by families and individuals, according to a new report from the [PDF] Food Bank for New York City.

Following the cuts, 31% of food pantries reported an increase in traffic of more than 25%, while 16% of food pantries saw a rise of more than 50% of people looking for food. These cuts come as nearly one-third of New Yorkers struggle to afford food on a daily basis.

Read More: Gothamist

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