Food Insecurity In the Midst of Brooklyn's Foodie Revolution
It's a sad irony that in the midst of Brooklyn's fabulous foodie fads, we have neighbors and fellow Brooklynites who are hungry or food insecure.
So, before you shell out a lot of money on empty calories for Halloween candy, think ahead to Thanksgiving. Maybe you can do without a bag of candy. Instead, spend the few bucks on some soup for a Thanksgiving soup kitchen. It's a lesson in trade-offs and decisions for the kids.
Yes, Hunger in Brooklyn
We're experiencing record levels of hunger in Brooklyn, Last year, four in ten Brooklyn residents "experienced difficulty affording needed food throughout the year" according to the Food Bank of NY.
In simple terms, the data show that a lot of Brooklynites are having trouble paying for food.
And, the increase in the number of hungry borough residents is also stomach-churning. The Food Bank reported that over a seven-year period the number of Brooklynites struggling to pay their food bills increased by seventy-five percent. And at the moment, the economy remains wobbly.
How You Can Help
Those inclined to help out others less fortunate this Thanksgiving can readily find out about food pantries in Brooklyn. Most accept donations of cash or still edible canned and packaged goods. Some accept volunteers to help prepare, serve and clean up on Thanksgiving Day.