New York is, without a doubt, a great place. But it is also a city of contradictions where dire poverty is as much part of the urban landscape as immense wealth.
Despite all its riches, there are thousands of low-wage workers who barely scrape out a living and 1.5 million people — most of them women, children, seniors, the working poor and people with disabilities — forced to rely on soup kitchens and food pantries to put food on the table.
For them the city is not so great.
Since 2003 the number of New Yorkers who have trouble affording food for themselves and their families has increased 60% to a whopping 2.9 million.
“In New York, one of the richest cities in the world, food poverty is around every corner,