An anti-hunger group revealed child hunger rates in New York City remain much higher than before the COVID pandemic even though the economy is starting to bounce back.
In its study, the City Harvest group revealed that compared to pre-pandemic levels, about 55% more New York kids are going hungry today, and one in four children “don’t know where their next meal will come from.
City Harvest group believes the problem will worsen during the upcoming summer break when many poor children miss out on the free school meals they depend on.
Sources said in February, about 525,000 children received food from City Harvest’s mobile pantries and soup kitchens in the five boroughs.
Studies had shown that the data is a dip from the 778,000 who sought help in May 2021 at the height of the COVID pandemic when the city’s economy was groaning under the weight of a dreadful downturn.
The group said the data is still a shocking jump from the 339,000 served in February 2020, the last full month before the pandemic took hold.
“City Harvest continues to see far more children at our Mobile Markets and the community food programs we serve,” the report said.
Moreover, it was learned that in 2021, the group fed a record 7,694,714 children, more than double the 3,617,465 total as recently as 2018.