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Child Hunger Data

The State of Child Hunger in NYC

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NYC children does not always know where their next meal will come from


Average monthly visits to food pantries, soup kitchens, and community food programs among NYC families in 2023


Nearly 100% increase in visits to food pantries by children and their families compared to pre-pandemic


of NYC households with children struggle to make ends meet—19 percentage points higher than households without children


Year-over-year increase in the child poverty rate in NYC in 2022. Child poverty is now at its highest level since 2015

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The need for food assistance in New York City remains significantly higher than it was before the pandemic, and families with children have been particularly hard hit. The cost of living in New York City continues to increase at an unsustainable rate. Food, childcare, and housing costs remain high, and many families are struggling to put meals on their tables. These challenges are often exacerbated during the summer months, when access to free school meals may become limited.

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