Joel Berg, executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, recently told a blog on city issues that hunger is growing, food supplies are short and the situation in general is “miserable.”

“Hunger today is not people starving in the streets, but it’s people choosing between food and rent,” he told The Awl “It’s parents going without food to feed their children, and the greatest irony of all is that people are buying cheaper food that is less nutritious and more filling…”

“There are 1.4 million New Yorkers who can’t afford enough food,” he said.

Civic leaders, he said, need to figure out “ways to keep family farmers on the land, how to make food more available, how to allow people to earn a living.”

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