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for Chalkbeat: ‘Still hungry', Struggling to feed NYC students as pandemic aid wanes
josé a. alvarado jr.
Jul 18, 2022
Location: New York City
More people are hungry in New York City today than before COVID struck.

Food insecurity has jumped by 36%. It’s higher among children. An estimated 1 in 4 children don’t have enough to eat — a 46% increase over pre-pandemic numbers according to Feeding America, one of the leading anti-hunger nonprofits.

One group of activists has been feeding communities on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and the Allerton neighborhood of the central Bronx, installing community refrigerators in schools and delivering bags of groceries for parents to take home when they pick up their children.

What sets the effort apart is the food is all plant-based. These kinds of leafy greens and fresh fruit can be too expensive for food-insecure families to afford or difficult to find in neighborhoods with few supermarkets.

Faced with higher needs and a shrinking social safety net, this group of volunteers is finding it harder to feed everybody.

This is their story.

Photographed for Chalkbeat with words by Christina Veiga.


José A. Alvarado Jr. is a visual storyteller devoted to documenting cultural and social issues, as well as human interest stories in the US and Puerto Rico.
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