Special Report

Shutdown: The Coronavirus

Battling food insecurities during a pandemic

People line up for the Campaign Against Hunger Thanksgiving food distribution event in Brooklyn, New York, 11/19/2020. Photo by Courtney Guarino

COVID-19 cases are surging. Hunger is too.

New York City’s hunger crisis has been a widespread problem for years, but it’s gotten far worse due to the economic impact from the pandemic. About 2 million people experienced food hardship this year, almost doubling from 2019, with about 1 in 4 people turning to a food bank, pantry or distribution center since the pandemic began. 

Food warehouses and pantries throughout New York City have gone into overdrive to meet the needs of their communities. These organizations are stretched to their limits given the crush in demand and the lack of federal aid. In partnership with their supporters, volunteers, donors, and other community-based organizations, City Harvest and Campaign Against Hunger have been able to expand their efforts to serve families and provide enough food to their neighbors in response to the pandemic. 

These pictures explore the brave and charitable efforts of Campaign Against Hunger and CIty Harvest as they work tirelessly to ensure no one goes hungry.

Volunteers enter the Campaign Against Hunger warehouse in Canarsie, Brooklyn, 11/12. Photo by Courtney Guarino

A volunteer for Campaign Against Hunger prepares a bag of Thanksgiving grocery items at their warehouse in Canarise, Brooklyn, 11/12. Photo by Courtney Guarino

A volunteer at Campaign Against Hunger warehouse in Canarsie, Brooklyn awaits instructions, 11/12. Photo by Courtney Guarino

A customer loads up her grocery cart at the Campaign Against Hunger SuperPantry in Brooklyn, New York, 11/12. Photo by Courtney Guarino

Volunteers pack up groceries for delivery to various food pantries throughout New York City at Campaign Against Hunger’s warehouse in Canarsie, New York, 11/19. Photo by Courtney Guarino

Packaged meals to be delivered to various food pantries at Campaign Against Hunger’s warehouse in Canarsie, New York, 11/19. Photo by Courtney Guarino

A worker at the City Harvest warehouse in Long Island City, New York prepares repacked bags of produce to be distributed to various food agencies throughout the city, 11/19/2020. Photo by Courtney Guarino

Grocery items at Campaign Against Hunger’s SuperPantry in Brooklyn, New York, 11/19. Photo by Courtney Guarino

A volunteer for Campaign Against Hunger helps two customers with their order at their SuperPantry in Brooklyn, New York, 11/19/2020. Photo by Courtney Guarino

Volunteers help to hand out Thanksgiving grocery items to customers at the Campaign Against Hunger Thanksgiving distribution event in Brooklyn, New York, 11/19/2020. Photo by Courtney Guarino

Customers pick up Thanksgiving essentials at the Campaign Against Hunger distribution event in Brooklyn, New York, 11/19/2020. Photo by Courtney Guarino

 

 


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