November 2021

Spotlight on: Food Hardship in NYC During the Pandemic

Emergency food provision and pandemic-era policy reforms prevented increases in food hardship rates

Contributors: Chantal Bannerman, Sophie Collyer, Katherine Friedman

Issues Areas: Covid 19, Food Hardship

Poverty Tracker data supports the need for emergency food assistance providers across New York City to recieve continued support in order to meet New Yorkers’ needs through the pandemic recovery. These expanded services must also be complemented by policies that continue to address a root cause of food hardship – economic insecurity.