City Council report finds BX residents not getting the food stamps they need

A new report released by the City Council found that as many as 1 million low-income Bronx residents may not be getting the food stamps they are entitled to.

The City Council believes bureaucracy is to blame, adding that many residents are being forced to wait too long for the benefit. After visiting the city's 36 food stamp offices, council members found that four had no applications available and 14 did not provide basic information about the program. They also found some office personnel asking for personal information without providing an application.

As a result of the study, the City Council recommends food stamp applications be placed online and handed out at places such as soup kitchens and food pantries. Council members also want offices to offer night hours as well as weekend hours.

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