In 2010, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was signed into law and reduced food-stamp funding and increased the reimbursement for school lunches by six cents. Stampas said the cuts to the food stamp program were never supposed to take effect in 2013, but Congress and the president did not find another source of funding.
The increase in need for emergency food services spiked and then held steady, Stampas said, never returning to pre-cut levels.
Diane Arneth, the executive director of Community Health Action, an arm of Bright Point Health, said levels in the Staten Island facility rose from 400,000 meals served in 2013 to about 700,000 in 2014.
Forty percent of people who use Community Health Action’s food pantry are employed and 42 percent of those served are under the age of 18.
Under new White House administration, the problem could get worse, advocates say.
“At one point when the SNAP [food stamps] cuts came in, there were pantries that were turning people away and there were pantries running out of food,” Arneth said. “Fortunately, that didn’t happen to us too often. If resources shrink and if SNAP changes, frankly I’m not sure how we’d make up the difference.
“Our organization raises money to pay for the things we don’t have money for and we spend, I would guess, close to 100,000 a year of what we raise on food. That’s in addition to the literally hundreds of thousands of dollars we get from other sources [like private donors and state federal funding].”
SNAP benefits come from a flexible budget, which means that when need increases, so does funding. When need shrinks, the money spent by the government does as well. “It would be dishonest to say we don’t have anxieties,” Stampas said of the incoming president.
If money is allocated to each state in a block, funding could run out and the network of food providers might have to make some hard choices.
Turning people in need away is the last thing any food bank wants to do, Stampas said. Instead, food pantries and soup kitchens try to do more with less, by reducing portion size or the number of meals in a bag.
Суповые кухни лишаются финансирования, продовольствие там заканчивается, а нуждающихся всё больше. Речь о Нью Йорке, но тенденция везде одинаковая. Соотвественно, когда урезают деньги на фуд-стемпы (продуктовые карточки для бедных), в суповых кухнях урезают порции. Однако, самое жуткое, что 40% пользующихся суповыми кухнями имеют РАБОТУ, а еще 40% - дети. То есть, безработных взрослых всего 20% (примерно), которые на халяву пользуют систему. Остальные - по необходимости. Так и до Индии с шанти-таунами или Бразилии с фавеллами недалеко. Это при якобы "ЛЕВОМ" президенте и при "росте" американской экономики.