In a city of plenty, a staggering number of people are struggling to feed themselves and their families.
Nearly one in five New Yorkers, 1.4 million people, now rely on a patchwork network of 1,000 food pantries and soup kitchens across the city to eat.
The first whammy to hit this population was the 2008 recession. Those living paycheck-to-paycheck never did recover, while the number of millionaires rose. The second whammy was November’s slash in the Food Stamp benefit, engineered by cynical Republicans, whose action amounted to a gentleman’s ethnic cleansing.