From the article on the Food Bank of NYC's report:
Cuts to the food stamp program
removed an average of $18 a month in benefits from one million households in New York City, according to the Food Bank For New York City.
Those cuts have resulted in an 11-month loss of more than 56 million meals, the organization said.
Stampas said that it can't be left up to charitable organizations
to feed people.
"The response to hunger can't come from charity
alone, it is a shared response, we need a strong safety net and we need our policy makers to take this information and act on it so that together we can help close what is an incredibly wide meal gap for people in need," Stampas said.
$18 per month may not seem like a lot, but it is when you are trying to feed your family. For example, at NYC pricing, $18 means 4 gallons of milk and a dozen eggs. Or, 5 lbs of rice, 5 lbs of dried beans & 5 lbs of chicken legs or thighs.
I am lucky enough, yes lucky, to have my own food needs met. $20 removed from my pocket would not be an emergency. For others, it truly is. The demonization of the less fortunate among us is disturbing. Beyond actively donating in my own community & voting, I'm at a loss here as to how to fix this.