Emergency Food Network
The Food Bank’s emergency food network reports include the NYC Hunger Safety Net report series, which is designed to track trends in hunger and create research-based solutions to hunger throughout the five boroughs. The reports include findings on the population relying on emergency food programs (EFPs) including soup kitchens and food pantries; the operations, resources and services of EFPs; and residents' access to food assistance.
NYC Hunger Safety Net 2011-12
Hunger's New Normal: Redefining Emergency in Post-Recession New York City
Released October 30, 2013, on the eve of unprecedented cuts to SNAP (food stamp) benefits, Hunger's New Normal: Redefining Emergency in Post-Recession New York City is the second report based on the Hunger Safety Net 2011-12 data. Interviews with more than 1,200 participants at food pantries and soup kitchens throughout the five boroughs provide the source material for this detailed look into who relies on emergency food in New York City, and offer evidence that changes in the economy since the Great Recession have increased need even among groups not conventionally considered disadvantaged.
Full Report Executive Summary Press Release
Serving Under Stress Post-Recession - The State of Food Pantries & Soup Kitchens Today
Released November 19, 2012, Serving under Stress Post-Recession: The State of Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens Today is the first report based on NYC Hunger Safety Net 2011-12 data. It documents in detail the services emergency food programs provide, the resources they utilize, and the operational challenges they face, in light of a continued weak economic recovery from the Great Recession. Differences between food pantries and soup kitchens are highlighted, and borough-by-borough comparisons are made.
Full Report Summary Brooklyn Fact Sheet Bronx Fact Sheet Manhattan Fact Sheet Queens Fact Sheet Staten Island Fact Sheet
Browse our additional research reports on New York City's emergency food network below:
NYC Hunger Safety Net 2007: A Food Poverty Focus
Full Report Summary Highlights
Hunger Safety Net 2004: Measuring Gaps in Food Assistance in New York City
Full Report Fact Sheet
Attitudes Towards Hunger in New York City: How New Yorkers View Hunger
Full Report Summary
Changes in Demand for Food Assistance at New York City Emergency Food Programs After September 11, 2001
Profile of New Users Among New York City's Food Relief Programs Post September 11, 2001
Who Feeds the Hungry?: Mapping New York City's Emergency Food Providers
For more information on the NYC Hunger Safety Net series, contact Astrid Spota, Research Manager.