Joel Berg

Joel Berg is executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. He is also the author of All You Can Eat: How Hungry Is America?


Op-eds and Articles

By / 6.5.2017

With Trump’s proposal to gut federal food assistance by $192 billion — much of which would come out of the shopping carts of the working class — the president is once again proving his willingness to shaft those who supported him most. Contrary to the racially-tinged stereotype that Americans who rely upon the Supplemental Nutrition […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 3.20.2017

AmeriCorps is the conservative program that conservatives love to hate. AmeriCorps, a domestic Peace Corps, is a federally funded program that provides modest living allowances and college aid to Americans who perform significant amounts of structured community service by responding to natural disasters, boosting education, bolstering public safety, fighting poverty, improving health, helping the environment […]


By / 1.20.2017

In his inaugural address today, President Donald Trump said, “But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities… We will get our people off of welfare and back to work.” President Trump thus implied that most U.S. poverty is in “inner cities” and […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 1.10.2017

All low-income Americans should be equipped with an Online HOPE (Health, Opportunity, and Personal Empowerment) account. .S. poverty policy is stuck in a rut. In 2015, 43 million people in America were living in poverty – more than the combined populations of Texas, Pennsylvania, and Nebraska and 11 million more than in 2000. Slow growth […]


By / 12.13.2016

Economists often apply the term “opportunity costs” to high and middle-income people, meaning that the time they spend on one task is time not available to perform other, potentially more valuable tasks. But social scientists rarely apply the concept to low-income people, acting as if their time is essentially worthless. Sort of like the spouse […]


By / 4.15.2011

Self-styled conservative pundit Michelle Malkin just published a column on National Review Online that places politics over facts to slam an innovative public/private, faith-based/secular partnership that is effectively fighting domestic hunger across the United States. She argues that it is wrong to use participants in the AmeriCorps national service program to help low-income families, children, […]


By / 9.27.2010

The number of billionaires based in New York City increased from to 56 to 57 from 2009 to 2010 and their collective net worth increased by $19 billion (from $183.5 billion to $202.65 billion), even as poverty soared, according to data recently released by Forbes magazine and analyzed by my organization, the New York City […]