Meals insecurity is highest in Brooklyn, Meals Financial institution findings

Today the Food Bank for New York City released a new study showing that Brooklyn has the highest food security rate of any five boroughs.

The report, titled “Compromises at the Dining Table,” examines the impact of 2013 cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) on city food security and warns of further cuts to the proposed SNAP in the federal budget.

Brooklyn currently has the highest food insecurity rate of any borough at 18.8%. This figure corresponds to a food insecure population of more than 488,000 people in 2015, data from last year were available.

Perhaps the most telling number is that Food gap, This represents food insecurity as the number of meals missed when households do not have sufficient means to buy food. Brooklynites missed more than 87 million meals this year because they could not afford to eat.

(Graphic via Food Bank for NYC report “Compromises at the Dining Table”)

The cuts that preceded these numbers are known as the “Hunger Cliff” – a general reduction in SNAP benefits in 2013. According to the report, nearly 60% of New York City residents who receive groceries from grocery pantries are on SNAP benefits that they are pantries if the money runs out before the end of the month.

This has put a strain on pantries, which have reported increased traffic almost everywhere since the cuts and run out of supplies despite reducing the number of meals contained in the storage bags they hand out.

The full report is available on the Food Bank for New York City website.

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