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Food Banks Face Historic Need for Food Assistance

NEW YORK, NY (USA Today) — Food banks nationwide are grappling to meet the growing need for food assistance after pre-pandemic benefits ended earlier this year. Economic challenges have forced food banks to cut back on services amid rising inflation. In a recent interview with USA Today, our very own Senior Vice President of Programs Zach Hall reveals that the demand has not returned to pre-pandemic levels following recent cuts to essential federal assistance programs like SNAP. As a result, families are relying on local pantries now more than ever to fill the gap this holiday season.

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Driven by our mission to empower every New Yorker to achieve food security for good, we harness the collective power of our network of food providers, partners, and volunteers to activate the right resources, supports, and expertise across the five boroughs. Our work with more than 800 soup kitchens, food pantries, and campus partners provides immediate and reliable access to food and nutrition education, while our economic empowerment programs give people the tools and know-how to improve their financial wellness. Community by community, we work together to make progress on a more hopeful, dignified, and equitable future for all. To learn more about our impact or get involved, visit

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