Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
It’s a crisp Friday at 9 a.m. near Tompkins Square Park and there’s already more than a dozen hungry New Yorkers queued along Avenue A. The food won’t arrive for another hour, but the men and women on line know what’s coming is well worth the wait.
Food For Life has been serving hungry New Yorkers at Avenue A and E. 7th Street every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning since 2005. While many of the people who gather are homeless, local residents with financial difficulties also come because the food is free, healthful and tasty.
“I try to go to other places but the food isn’t as good, it’s always fresh here. That’s hard to find when you can’t afford to buy food,” said Mark Estan, 42.
Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
Contributors to #PovertyIs include Natalie Abruzzo, Anugya Chitransh, Erica Edwards, Denisse Moreno, Sarah Mortimer, Hakeem Muhammad, Jacob Passy and Roxanne Scott.
Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
With the holiday season looming, many families are struggling to put food on the table. Now, amid federal cuts to food stamps, the food pantries operators are predicting major shortages as they try to serve the hungry during the busiest time of the year.
An estimated 1.5 million New Yorkers are expected to seek emergency food services this winter. In Brooklyn, the Bed Stuy Campaign Against Hunger already is struggling to meet the demand for food as new clients pour in.
Saturday, November 9th, 2013
Food stamp cuts are sending more New Yorkers to emergency food sources such as pantries and soup kitchens, advocates for the needy say. Margarette Purvis, CEO of the Food Bank of New York, said that if the reductions to the federal Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) aren’t reversed, the city could be headed over a hunger cliff, with devastating results to New York’s working poor, families and businesses.