More than 1.2 million people get food stamps in the city, a 23% spike over the past five years.
But Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Queens/Brooklyn) urged Mayor Bloomberg to loosen restrictions so that even more eligible New Yorkers can receive benefits.
"There is more that needs to be done to lower the barriers to getting food assistance," said Weiner, who is expected to battle Bloomberg for mayor next year.
Weiner fears thousands of needy families aren't applying for them because of a fingerprinting requirement.
"Imagine what you can do to if you reduced the obstacles further," Weiner said.
Joel Berg of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger agreed.
Struggling families must take time off from work to provide fingerprints "just to provide evidence that they are not criminals," Berg said.
Food stamps soar in the hungry city
HA HA HA HA HA!!! Time off from work? Sorry, but that's a real kneeslapper.
If people are getting by without being dependent on the government, why would we encourage them to do the opposite? Oh, that's right...it's that tweeding thing again. Weiner, have you met the Doorman?