More than half a million New Yorkers who qualify for food stamps don’t get them, officials say — and the city wants them to sign up.
With a new website and ad campaign, the de Blasio administration will encourage people who are hungry or struggle to afford food to seek help. It’s especially targeting seniors and immigrants, who are most likely to qualify for food aid but not enroll in the program.
Mayor de Blasio said 1.4 million people in the city struggle to afford food, 20% of them children. “This is not only a striking indicator of the inequality crisis we face, but a status quo we don’t accept,” he said.
An average of 1.76 million city residents were getting food stamps last year. But officials believe another 550,000 people qualify but aren’t signed up.
If people have managed to get by without government assistance up to this point, why are we telling them to become dependent on it? Don't we want to promote self-sufficiency? And do they really expect us to believe that someone who lost a "lucrative Wall Street consultant job" or someone else who had a struggling business will actually qualify for food stamps?