Last week, we celebrated Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah, holidays that are marked by families coming together, usually with a great deal of food.
As we continue with this holiday season, with Christmas and Kwanzaa just around the corner, the recent report that one in 10 Queens residents are not sure where they will get their next meal is a sobering reminder that there are too many in this City who live without enough food.
Demand at food pantries is on the rise while cuts to supplemental nutrition programs will guarantee that demand will continue to increase. And still, for too long those in need have been ignored. City officials should be ashamed of themselves for allowing this inequity to continue for as long as it has.
Many are looking forward to the new administration this year to begin a process of change. Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has spoken of the challenges of his “Tale of Two Cities,” and we hope he works to bring that division closer together. But it will take more than just civic action.
Historically, food pantries report a higher rate of donations during the holidays, as the giving nature of the season inspires many to bring supplies. But we hope that those donations can be continued and improved upon year-round, giving those in need something to be thankful about beyond the fourth Thursday in November.
For a listing of food banks near you, visit foodbanknyc.org or riverfund-ny.org/pantry.html.