November 26, 2014

Maura Daly, Feeding America Chief External Affairs Officer: Unfortunately, since the recession we have seen steady high numbers of food insecurity in the United States. There are many things that are driving it, poverty, low assets, but one of the primary drivers of increased food insecurity is unemployment. As we're seeing the numbers come down, there is a real misnomer about the unemployment issue. So many of the folks we feed are working, but they are more likely to be working part time rather than full time...The one thing everyone waiting in line has in common is that nobody wants to be there. Over half the families we serve are working, at least one adult is working at least some part of the year. These are families making choices nobody in the United States should be forced to make. 70% are choosing between food and utilities, followed by transportation and medical expenses. It really is a choice that none of us should have to make, between food and other basic needs. 

Tags: Holiday , New York , Food Bank For New York City

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