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Hunger on the Rise in the U.S.

Article by Gabe Pressman.
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Hunger is on the rise in the New York City. Seven hundred thousand more people get food stamps in the New York City today than did five years ago, according to Joel Berg of the Coalition Against Hunger.

In all, the Coalition estimates, there are 2 million people in the five boroughs who get food stamps now.

“We are facing a very serious situation when it comes to the poor,” Berg told me. “Food pantries and soup kitchens are struggling to meet the demand. There are actions in Washington that pose new threats to the hungry, including Republican efforts in the House to cut the WIC program that serves women, infants and children.”

The New York Times takes a swipe at our new governor, Andrew Cuomo, in an article about his girlfriend, Food Network personality Sandra Lee, Ms. Lee had a bake sale at Grand Central the other day to raise money for food banks struggling to survive.

“Every dollar that’s raised can turn into four dollars at the food bank,” she said. When reporters tried to ask her about the impact of Governor Cuomo’s cuts in money for food banks, she ducked. “I’m not here to talk about the governor’s budget, she said, “Thank you.”

But what about how the Governor’s budget will affect food banks?

Politely, she replied: “I’m not here to talk about politics. But thank you for asking.”

When another reporter pressed the issue, she replied demurely: “I’m not here to talk about politics but, if you want a great recipe for cream cheese icing, I’ve got that for you.”

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