The Faces of Need
November 27, 2013
"This is the time for food lines. No, not the ones where people wait to buy artisanal cheeses, organic turkeys and handmade pies for Thanksgiving. It’s the time for food lines because the end of the month is near, which for many families means their food stamp allotment has run out and dollars are tight."
Click here to see the full New York Times photo essay.
Photos by Joey O'Laughlin.
"While the persistent image of the hungry in New York is that of the bedraggled, single homeless man, the real faces of need look much different."
On Nov 1st, 47 Million People Saw Their Food Stamp Benefits Slashed
November 1, 2013
These cuts will affect people of all ages and all walks of life.
As of today, the 2009 anti-recession boost to the federal SNAP program expired, slashing benefits to tens of millions of the most vulnerable Americans. As Food Bank recently reported, even at pre-cut levels, 75% of NYC SNAP recipients find their benefits only last through the first three weeks of the month.
Food Bank President and CEO Margarette Purvis spoke with MSNBC's Chris Hayes about the Hunger Cliff and the effects of the recent cuts. Click below to watch:
Do You Receive SNAP Benefits? Nov 1st Cuts Q&A
November 1, 2013
Why are these cuts happening?
In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was passed to allow for a temporary boost in SNAP benefits to offset the economic downturn. This Act allowed for SNAP recipients to receive an up-front increase in their monthly SNAP allotment that would phase out over time without recipients experiencing a loss in benefits. Congress later legislated an early clawback of the ARRA benefit increase, meaning that all SNAP recipients will see a decrease in their benefits starting November 1st
, 2013. This change is happening in every state across the country.
How much will I lose?
The amount of the SNAP cut is based on many things like income, household size, and expenses. For a household of three, monthly benefits are dropping by $29; for a household of four, the monthly decrease is $36.
Where can I get help?
Our Food Program Locator
helps New York City residents access programs in their communities. Through this tool you will be able to locate food pantries, soup kitchens, and senior centers throughout the five boroughs. You may also be eligible for other types of programs in our food assistance network - including low-income daycare centers, shelters, rehabilitation centers, and youth programs. For more information, please contact Food Bank's Help Line at (212) 566-7855.
What can I do to stop more cuts?
Representatives in Washington are targeting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), for more cuts in pending Farm Bill proposals. Help us send a clear message to Congress that cuts to SNAP are unacceptable by sending a pre-written letter - Act Now!