Gramercy Park Block Association - Neighborhood News #504

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After feds cut food stamps, city pantries went empty
Nearly half the city's soup kitchens and pantries say they ran out of food at some point in November, the month that Washington began cutting $5 billion from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Big influxes of new visitors reported.
 
BY THERESA AGOVINO 
 
New York City's food pantries and soup kitchens have seen a substantial increase in the number of visitors they serve since the program formerly known as food stamps suffered major cuts in November. 
 
That influx caused 48% of the 188 food banks and soup kitchens surveyed to run out of food at some point in November, according to a study conducted by the Food Bank for New York City. About a quarter of the providers reported rationing the food they provided.