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“WE NEED PROTEIN” — CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC DEEPENS NEW YORK’S HUNGER CRISIS
josé a. alvarado jr.
Jun 18, 2020
Location: canarsie
Across the city, in neighborhoods that have been most devastated by the virus — which also happen to be the neighborhoods where poverty is greatest — hunger is emerging as the primary concern. In Canarsie, where the median household income is $26,275, the need is overwhelming. “I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” said Gardy Brazela, chair of the local community planning board, who ran out of food after distributing 700 boxes to people in front of the local police precinct on a recent Wednesday. “It’s bad, bad, bad, bad.” The pandemic has caused historic levels of hunger nationwide. Drone footage of seemingly endless lines of cars waiting to pick up food from pantries in Pennsylvania, Florida, and Texas convey the scope of our new reality, in which food insecurity is meaningfully higher than at any point for which there is comparable data, as a study by the Brookings Institution found. According to that report, more than 1 in 5 households in the U.S. were food insecure by the end of April, the most recent month for which data is available, as were 2 in 5 households with mothers of children ages 12 and under.

My latest contribution for @theintercept with words by Sharon Lerner.

“We Need Protein” — Coronavirus Pandemic Deepens New York’s Hunger Crisis
Across New York City, in neighborhoods that have been most devastated by the coronavirus, hunger is emerging as the primary concern.

JOSÉ A. ALVARADO JR.

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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