26 November 2013, 23:27

US economic crisis: One out of six people in New York lack food

US economic crisis: One out of six people in New York lack food

According to the recently published New York City Coalition Against Hunger annual report more than 20 per cent of children in New York City suffer from hunger.

The aim of the report is to show evidence in the society gap. As Joel Berg, executive director of the Coalition stated,
"While the wealthy have better gourmet food than ever, one in six of our neighbours is struggling against hunger. The recent federal food stamps cuts will make all of this much worse. A city divided against itself cannot stand. We must rise together."

Another reason behind the food level drop is the last year’s Hurricane Sandy. People suffered during the disaster is still trying to get back on their lives and build new houses instead of those that were lost during the storm. Some of the victims still remain homeless.

According to the statistics, in 2010-2012 nearly 1.3 million people live in the houses without enough food. That means that approximately one out of six people struggle to survive and is left hungry. 
The report confirms that in New York more than 1.8 million people rely on government and food stamps. However, due to the recent cut, let’s say, an average family of three people lost about 20 meals a month. Out of 1.8 million 1.7 live below the poverty line and is seeking government assistance.

Voice of Russia, AFP

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