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Food insecurity is getting worse across New York State: Comptroller says more needs to be done

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A recent analysis by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli revealed that food insecurity in New York has worsened, with approximately 875,000 families (11.3% of households) struggling to secure enough food between 2020 and 2022 due to financial constraints. This marks an increase from the previous period of 2019 to 2021, where 800,000 families faced similar challenges. The national rate also rose slightly to 11.2% during the same timeframe, the first increase in over a decade.

DiNapoli highlighted the end of enhanced federal benefits following the COVID-19 pandemic as a significant factor contributing to this issue, exacerbated by rising food prices and poverty rates. He advocated for expanded eligibility for federal nutrition assistance programs to help mitigate the growing problem of food insecurity across the state and the nation.


Despite some improvements in early 2024, food insufficiency remains a pressing concern, particularly among households with children, where rates reached as high as 16% in 2022. The State of New York has responded by allocating funds in the FY 2024-25 budget to support food assistance programs, including new federal initiatives aimed at providing summer meals to school-aged children and increasing funding for existing school meal programs and food assistance organizations.



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