Carey Morgan, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, says that kind of increase points to a systemic problem.
says it will never be solved as long as food stamps, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is targeted for cuts in Congress.
"You can't make budget decisions on the backs of the poor.
You have to take into account that these are human lives, that people need to eat, and they can't wait for the budget crisis to be solved in order to do that."
The report points out that food pantries and emergency kitchens across the city had to turn people away or reduce the amount of food each person received.
Morgan says polling data released by the Food Research and Action Center earlier this year shows that 75 percent of Americans think that cutting SNAP is the wrong way to reduce government spending.
says, as it stands, SNAP benefits only last about three weeks per month for most recipients.
That alone, she
adds, is an argument against reductions in funding.
"As we see more programs and public benefits getting cut, the force of that is being thrust on the emergency food programs."
says with donations to those programs down considerably, they're not equipped to feed people for extended periods at a time.
contends the key to reducing hunger is a re-dedication of resources.