NEW YORK, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- More than 1.2 million
New Yorkers, or every one in six, cannot afford adequate food despite falling
jobless rate and a strong economy, according to a survey released Tuesday by the
New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH).
The survey showed a jump in the number of New Yorkers
going to bed hungry. There are long lines outside food pantries on most days.
Food recipients said on some days there is just not enough food to go around.
The study showed that between 2003 and 2005, one in
six New Yorkers lived in households that did not have enough food, and the
number is going up, said some advocates.
NYCCAH President Joel Berg said there was an 11
percent rise in people going to pantries and kitchens over the last year
according to the coalition's survey of pantries and kitchens around the city.
Some coalition workers attributed the bigger number
of hungry people to the fact that wages are not keeping up with the city's cost
Berg noted that New York State was the only one state
in the entire nation that saw increases in both poverty and income in 2005.
Advocates also argued that the government's safety
net has failed to bridge the gap, adding that the Federal Emergency Food
Assistance Program has been cut, resulting in reduced food assistance to New
The coalition called on lawmakers to provide more
funding to the city's 1,200 food pantries and soup kitchens and adjust tax
policies to close the gap between the poor and the middle class, noting that the
elderly, working families and children are the hardest hit by the