Annual Hunger Survey Press Events

In Thanksgiving Week Events at Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens, and Feeding Agencies: Advocates and Officials to Release Report Showing The State of Hungry Workers in New York City and State Calls on President-Elect Trump to Make Hunger-Reduction a Priority and Oppose Ryan Cuts Survey Is Most Cited Annual Measure of Hunger in New York City What : Media events on Tuesday and Wednesday of Thanksgiving week with photo-ops at emergency food and social service programs in all five boroughs. Elected officials and other prominent New Yorkers will join Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, to release...

Trump-Voting States Most Utilize SNAP (Food Stamps)

For Immediate Release: November 18, 2016 New Data: Trump-Voting States Most Utilize SNAP (Food Stamps); Advocates Call on Trump to Oppose Ryan Cuts New data analyzed by Hunger Free America, a national advocacy group, shows that, out of the 10 states with the highest percentage of their populations receiving federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) benefits - formerly known as food stamps – fully eight voted for Trump in the last election. Most of the states with the highest SNAP utilization levels are in the South. In response, Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America said: “Disproving...

Aftershocks of Hurricane Matthew: Hunger Still Rampant in Nation’s South

For Immediate Release: October 20, 2016 Aftershocks of Hurricane Matthew: Hunger Still Rampant in Nation’s South Though the storm has passed, the after effects of Hurricane Matthew’s wake are still affecting our nation’s most vulnerable populations. The southern states of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina have all been affected by Hurricane Matthew. Each state has been working to decrease hunger for storm victims by utilizing emergency SNAP (the program formerly known as food stamps) measures provided by the USDA. The state of Florida released the October SNAP benefits...

Is the Sun Shining In Puerto Rico?

By Lisa Levy, Esq. Director of Policy & Advocacy Growing up in New York, I, like many others, had neighbors and friends with ties to Puerto Rico. Parents may have been born there, and because families and friends were still there, vacations (for those who could afford them) were spent on the island. They returned with stories about their abuelas, cousins, great food, beaches, and long days spent in the sun. New York has long been a place of many cultures, where you dance at many parades to whatever music is playing, eat all kinds of food, and hear songs in many languages. That was how...

NEW FEDERAL DATA: POVERTY FINALLY DIPS IN NEW YORK CITY

For Immediate Release: September 15, 2016 Contact: Magen Allen MAllen@hungerfreeamerica.org (212) 825-0028 x212 NEW FEDERAL DATA: POVERTY FINALLY DIPS IN NEW YORK CITY According to the Census Bureau ACS data released today, poverty in NYC dropped from 21.2 percent in 2012 to 20.0 percent in 2015, a 6 percent decrease. Even though the City’s population increased during that time, the number of people in poverty fell from 1.734 million to 1.680 million, a 62,418-person drop. But one in five New York City children still live in poverty. In the Bronx, the lowest-income urban county in the United...

Statement on Increasing U.S. Income and Decreasing Poverty

For Immediate Release: September 13, 2016 Contact: Magen Allen MAllen@hungerfreeamerica.org (212) 825-0028 x212 Statement on Increasing U.S. Income and Decreasing Poverty Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, issued the following statement in response to new federal poverty and income data: “Increasing wages and decreasing poverty are good news, but it is important to note that things are still worse than before the start of the recession. As long as 43.1 million of our U.S. neighbors live in poverty – a number greater than the combined population of California and Colorado – we still have...

Teens Across US Economically Forced Into Exchanging Sex Work for Food

For Immediate Release: September 13, 2016 Contact: Magen Allen MAllen@hungerfreeamerica.org (212) 825-0028 x212 Teens Across US Economically Forced Into Exchanging Sex Work for Food A study conducted by The Urban Institute recently found that teenagers across the US are going to severe lengths in order to obtain food for survival. The study was conducted in ten different communities across the United States, each having one female and one male focus group. It found that in 13 of the 20 focus groups, girls, and sometimes young boys, were exchanging sexual favors in order to obtain food to feed...

New Federal Data: U.S. Hunger Dips But Still Far Higher Than Pre-Recession

For Immediate Release: September 7, 2016 Contact: Magen Allen MAllen@hungerfreeamerica.org New Federal Data: U.S. Hunger Dips But Still Far Higher Than Pre-Recession One in Six U.S. Children Still Lack Sufficient Food New York State Still 36% Hungrier Than a Decade Ago Advocates: “Nation’s Empty Bellies Yet to Feel Full Recovery” Fully 42 million Americans, more than the combined population of California and New Hampshire, struggled against hunger in 2015, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The number of U.S. residents defined by the federal...

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