This whole notion that there is a hunger epidemic in this country is completely False and not based on statistics for facts. The notion that 11% of Queens resident go hungry, again completely FALSE.
I mean REALLY, because most people in Queens (especially SE Queens) are fat or obese and this includes young children who I see on the subway coming to Jamaica, who are fat and chowing down Cheetos and Pepsi by the gallon. Poor eating habits, but certainly no hunger epidemic. There is no hunger problem, there is an unhealthy eating problem though. Two completely different scenarios.
One person from Jamaica had this comment:
And I agree 100% with yshaggy, since I see this all the time. Go to Jamaica Ave and look at the so-called “lower class folks” standing in line on a Saturday morning in front of a sneaker store to by over $100 sneakers. Across from me sits some crappy third world apartment building with garbage and again the “low class folks” yet I see them pull up in their fancy SUV’s and head into their crap apartment building.
It seems to me that “these folks” this article is writing about seems to buy more useless non-essential CRAP than us hard working middle class folks.
Hunger is this country is a MYTH, plain and simple. Just got any McDonalds in any low-class ghetto area like Jamaica, the lines are LONG.
Stop with the BULLSHIT and report FACTS.
From Queens Times Ledger:
New survey finds almost 11 percent of Queens residents go hungry
Hunger Free America released its annual hunger report showing the state of hungry workers and families in New York. The organization surveyed multiple soup kitchens and pantries across the city and state and found that in New York state nearly 3 million people, and in New York City approximately 1.4 million people, lived-in food insecure households in 2013-2015, meaning they could not always afford enough food. This compared to 2006-2008, when 2.3 million people were food insecure statewide and just under 1 million citywide.
“It is unconscionable that in the richest city in the history of the world, one in five kids still can’t always count on enough food,” Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America said. “It is equally unacceptable that a third of our charitable food pantries and soup kitchens lack the resources to meet the growing need.”
The survey found that 11 percent of Queens residents, or one in nine, lived in food insecure households from 2013-2015. It also found that 16 percent of Queens children were living homes without adequate food and 10 percent of Queens seniors were living in food insecure homes in that same time period.
The survey from the organization, which used to be called New York Coalition Against Hunger, spoke to feeding programs like food pantries and soup kitchens in Queens to get a better understanding of their needs. The results showed that the need for food and services has risen, but the funding and supplies were not enough. Just over 24 percent of responding agencies in Queens reported not having enough food to meet current demand. Of those 83 percent said that if they received more food, they would have enough capacity like storage space, refrigeration and staff to increase the amount of food they distribute. Some 5 percent said they would not have the capacity to accommodate an increase in the amount of food they distribute.
Responding agencies also said they see an increase in the number of people coming in for food, while 70percent of agencies noted an increase in the number of people they served over the past year and 31 percent reported the number of clients increased greatly. The survey revealed that the pantries are under funded and underemployed, with 72 percent of agencies claiming they could benefit from having additional funding to buy and distribute more food. In addition, 52 percent of the responding food pantries wanted additional resources to build partnerships and collaborate with other community organizations for referrals or joint programming.
Berg hopes that the federal government makes the necessary changes to fight the hunger epidemic. He called on President-elect Donald Trump to create jobs, raise wages, and bolster the federal food safety net.
He also urged Trump to stop House Speaker Paul Ryan’s plans to slash the Food Stamp program in order to pay for more tax cuts.
“The soaring hunger levels in New York and throughout our country harm health, hamper education, trap families in poverty, fuel obesity, eviscerate hope, and thus drag down our entire economy and place our national security at risk,” Berg said. “Hunger harms us all. But ending hunger lifts us all. We must build a grass roots movement and force our political system to enact the economic policies and social programs necessary to end U.S. hunger once and for all.”
Hunger epidemic in Queens
Two days before Queens residents flocked to stores to scoop up bargains on Black Friday, a new report said nearly one in six children living in the borough is hungry.
It is the season to be jolly for some, but the number of households without enough food has been growing in Queens and the rest of the city even though 45 percent of them are headed by people with jobs.
The New York City Coalition against Hunger released its sobering annual report on the “Epidemic of the Working Hungry” in the five boroughs right before Thanksgiving. The nonprofit urged President-elect Trump to take steps that would put adequate food on the tables of many more New Yorkers as the nation’s day of feasting was about to begin.
In particular, it urged Trump, a Queens native, to create jobs, raise the minimum wage and protect the Food Stamp program.
With the unemployment rate hovering at 4.9 percent in Queens, plenty of borough shoppers had the wherewithal to look for holiday gifts at Queens Center Mall, the Bay Terrace Shopping Center and Sky View Center in Flushing last Friday. There was a Black Friday buzz in the air, but the crowds were manageable because legions of consumers had opted for online shopping.
It’s doubtful that many Black Friday customers came from households where the worker earns a minimum wage of $9 hour and has to feed two children on an annual income of less than $17,000.
“Low wages are still the top cause of U.S. hunger and malnutrition,” said Joel Berg, CEO of the coalition, renamed Hunger Free America.
But relief is in the wings with the city’s minimum wage slated to rise to $9.70 Dec. 31 and in a series of steps to $12.50 by the end of 2020. These increases should help reduce hunger for some of the borough’s most vulnerable residents.
In Queens the statistics tell a somber story of people struggling to fill their stomachs in the richest country in the world.
From 2013-2015, the coalition found one in nine Queens residents lived in food insecure households, while one in 10 of the borough’s seniors was hungry.
Nearly a quarter of the agencies that supply food could not meet current demand as nearly two-thirds of these groups reported higher demand for food from the people they serviced in the past year.
Queens and the rest of the city are facing an epic crisis of hunger, homelessness and the lack of affordable housing. But we must be able to feed ourselves first before we can tackle these other intractable problems.