- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 22, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - A new report on hunger says that nearly half of the food pantries and soup kitchens in New York City didn’t have adequate supplies last November.

The report was issued Wednesday by the Food Bank for New York City.

About a quarter of the pantries and soup kitchens that participated in the report said they had to turn away people last November.

Many ran out of food, or certain types of food required for adequate meals.

Officials say demand rose dramatically between November 2012 and November 2013.

The researchers say Nov. 1 cuts to SNAP - formerly known as food stamps - have triggered “new levels of need.”

About 800 programs are part of the Food Bank for New York City’s network.

The report includes information from 660 of them.