WorkSite: Hunger a Risk Even for New York City’s Employed

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The president-elect says his first priority is to create jobs. Jobs are great. We could always use more jobs.

New York City has been generating plenty of new jobs, adding 65,000 private-sector jobs in the past year. But according to a new report, many of the city’s workers don’t enjoy the basic comfort of having reliable access to decent food.

Hunger Free American found that some 424,000 city residents lived in “food insecure” households during the 2013-2015 period. Food insecure means being unable to consistently afford enough food. The levels of food insecurity dropped nationwide in 2015 and, the report says, they may be coming down in the city as well.

But the overlap between food insecurity and work is alarming, the authors say, in part because Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan has called for massive cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

Read the report here.

One thought on “WorkSite: Hunger a Risk Even for New York City’s Employed

  1. There are many working adults who cannot afford food based on other costs of living such as transportation, utilities and rent or mortgage. There are people I know who are homeowners standing in line at food banks.

    Please consider increasing SNAP to higher waged people.

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