Yesterday, the Independent Budget Office of New York released information detailing the number of NYC residents on income support under the Bloomberg administration. It gets no realer (or more depressing) than this:
"Over the last decade, the number of city residents receiving food stamps has more than doubled, while public assistance recipients have decreased and the number of blind and disabled New Yorkers receiving Supplemental Security Income benefits has remained flat."
In 2012, city residents were given $3.4 billion in food stamps, $2.9 billion in supplemental security income and $1.4 billion in public assistance. Take a look at the second graph to see the comparison to 2002 and prepare to have you mind blown, especially when it comes to food stamps.