November 2022

Spotlight on Food Assistance in New York City

Changing immigration rules negatively impact non-U.S. citizen New Yorkers’ access to emergency food resources

Contributors: Matthew Maury, Sophie Collyer, and Christopher Wimer

Issues Areas: Food Hardship

Poverty Tracker data finds that, in 2021, 30% of New York City adults and 4 in 10 families with children faced food hardship, defined as sometimes or often running out of food or worrying food would run out before they had money to buy more. New York’s emergency food ecosystem and food assistance programs prevent millions of New Yorkers from entering poverty. Concerningly, non-citizens have long faced challenges in accessing these government food aid programs.