This year, an average of 1.5 million New York City residents, 1 in 4 of which are children, live in households facing food insecurity, according to federal statistics calculated by the Coalition.
In New York City, 1 in 5 people rely on emergency food programs and services to keep food on the table. Among the 1.4 million New Yorkers who rely on soup kitchens and food pantries, women, children, seniors, the working poor and people with disabilities make up the largest groups.
Throughout the five boroughs, approximately 1.4 million people — mainly women, children, seniors, the working poor and people with disabilities — rely on soup kitchens and food pantries. Approximately 2.9 million New Yorkers experience difficulty affording food for themselves and their families, an increase of 60 percent since 2003.