For many of the 47 million Americans on food stamps Thanksgiving this year will be difficult, made worse by cuts to SNAP assistance that began rolling out November 1. Joel Berg is executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger and author of “All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America?” Also joining The Takeaway are Mary Coleman and Jennifer Peguero, two women who have experienced the difficulties of building a feast when there is little to go around.
Joel Berg, the executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, explains how social programs managed to prevent widespread starvation during the great recession.
In New York City and the surrounding boroughs, suburbs, and beyond, many people are still without power and fuel, including significant parts of New Jersey and Long Island. Joel Berg, executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, explains some of the challenges still facing the city.
Add this to your list of indicators that the recession isn't over yet: There are now more Americans on food stamps than at any time in history. According to a report in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 36 million Americans currently receive food stamps, and 50 percent of American children will have lived in households which receive government food assistance by time they turn 20.
We speak with Mark Rank, professor of social welfare at Washington University in St. Louis and one of the authors of the study. Also with us are Angel Seymore, a home health care aide from the Bronx who receives food stamps; and Joel Berg, executive director of New York City Coalition Against Hunger.