Community newspapers in the Bronx and Queens report that food pantries and soup kitchens in their boroughs are struggling to meet growing demand with diminishing funds.
The New York City Coalition Against Hunger, which annually surveys the city’s food pantries and soup kitchens, found that 91 percent of the Bronx organizations that responded said they faced an increased demand for food this year; 70 percent said they were forced to ration food by limiting portion size, reducing hours of operation, or turning people away.
writes Jeanmarie Evelly in the Norwood News.
Food pantries and soup kitchens throughout Queens are struggling to provide provisions to a growing number of visitors as steep federal cuts and decreases in private donations force them to cut back services or shut down completely.
According to Kasey Schefflin-Emrich, writing in the Queens Chronicle.
Both cite data from the newly-released annual report of the NYC Coalition Against Hunger, which found 47 programs citywide have closed their doors in recent years and others are rationing. Earlier news stories from the South Bronx and Brooklyn, published before the Coalition Against Hunger report and linked on Voices of NY, reached a similar conclusion.