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Food Bank For New York City

  • Food Bank For New York City provides approximately 62.5 million free meals per year for New Yorkers in need.
  • Since 1983, Food Bank has provided more than 1 billion meals to New Yorkers in need.
  • Food Bank For New York City’s income support services, including food stamps also known as SNAP) and free tax assistance, put more than $150 million each year into the pockets of low-income New Yorkers.
  • Food Bank For New York City’s nutrition education programs and services empower more than 45,000 children, teens and adults to sustain a healthy diet on a low budget.
  • A donation of $1 to Food Bank For New York City helps provide 5 meals.
  • Food Bank distributes more than 5.1 million kosher meals per year.

Source:  Food Bank For New York City.

Emergency Food

  • An estimated 1.4 million New York City residents rely on emergency food programs, including soup kitchens and food pantries, each year.
  • Approximately 339,000 New York City children, or approximately one out of every five (19 percent), rely on soup kitchens and food pantries.
  • Approximately 604,770 New York City adult women, or approximately one out of every six (17 percent), rely on soup kitchens and food pantries.
  • Approximately 204,000 New York City seniors, or approximately one out of every five (20 percent), rely on soup kitchens and food pantries.
  • Approximately 70,000 New York City veterans, or approximately three out of every ten (30 percent), rely on soup kitchens and food pantries.

Source: Hunger's New Normal: Redefining Emergency in Post-Recession New York City.  Food Bank For New York City, 2012.

Food Insecurity

Food security means access by all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life.

  • Nearly 48.1 million United States residents, or 15.4%, are food insecure.
  • More than 2.6 million New York State residents, or 13.5%, are food insecure.
  • More than 1.3 million New York City residents, or 16.4%, are food insecure.

Source: Feeding America, 2015; USDA, 2014.

Meal Gap

The Meal Gap represents the meals missing from the homes of those struggling to put food on the table.

The meal gap for the United States is 8.49 billion; that is, US residents who experience food insecurity fall short of an adequate diet by 8.49 billion meals in a single year.

The meal gap for New York State is 472 million; that is, New York State residents who experience food insecurity fall short of an adequate diet by 472 million meals in a single year.

The meal gap for New York City is nearly 242 million; that is, New York City residents who experience food insecurity fall short of an adequate diet by 242 million meals in a single year.

Source: Map the Meal Gap.  Feeding America, 2016.

 


 

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