- Associated Press - Monday, November 24, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - The Food Bank for New York City says the need for emergency food remains “staggeringly” high in the wake of cuts to the nation’s food stamp program.

It released a report Monday that found 80 percent of the city’s food pantries and soup kitchens reported increased demand over the past year.

The report also found that nearly 60 percent reported running out of food, or particular types of food, needed to make adequate meals in September.

A spokeswoman for the Food Bank For New York City says cuts to the food stamp program removed an average of $18 a month in benefits from one million households in New York City.

She says those cuts have resulted in an 11-month loss of more than 56 million meals.

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