THE BRONX - About 3.1 million New Yorkers can't afford food, including 29 percent of Bronx residents, according to a report released Wednesday.

The Food Bank for New York City's study, NYC Hunger Experience Report, found half of Bronx residents reported they had difficulty buying food in 2007, a 35 percent increase from 2003.

?One thing that?s important is to expand the food stamp program,? says Heather Hargraves, the case manager for Part of the Solution soup kitchen.