Report: Food pantries, soup kitchens busier than ever
A new report released by the Food Bank for New York City shows people are still relying on food pantries and soup kitchens.
The findings indicate that in the last two years, food pantries and soup kitchens have been busier than ever and that the supply is not as high as the demand.
The cause for the continued rise in the number of people coming to food pantries they say dates back to the SNAP benefit cuts that were made in 2013.
Since then, researchers say 116 million meals have been lost, forcing people to turn to the food banks, which is run mainly by volunteers.
The report indicates that because of the increase in people relying on food pantries, many have had to increase their hours .
Some have even been forced to turn away hungry New Yorkers. Although many of the percentages have slightly gone down since last year, researchers credit a one-time allocation of $2 million from federal funds, which they say has run out.