Swath of Bronx going hungry

Only in NY

A Daily New article from yesterday began:

A major swath of the Bronx has the highest hunger rate in the entire nation, according to the results of a bombshell new survey.

More than 36% of the people in the 16th Congressional District – stretching from south of Fordham Road and west of the Brown River – who participated in a Gallup survey responded in the affirmative when asked if there were times in the past year when they did not have enough money to buy the food they or their family needed.

Since the poll targets adults, that 36% figure likely means that the number of hungry people, when you include their children,  is even higher in the 16th. This at the same time that Bloomberg said that the city would have to “end financing for 500 soup kitchens and food pantries”  if the budget cuts proposed by Paterson are approved. Bloomberg’s comment seems like a classic tug-of-war that happens with the budget, so who knows what is true and what isn’t. One this is clear though: there are a bunch of hungry people in the Bronx and I see no evidence that anyone in our local or state government is going to be doing much about it with the budget crisis looming.