Pandemic sparking food availability crisis

Posted at 7:23 PM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 12:55:23-04

NEW YORK — The city’s food pantries and soup kitchens are experiencing a demand not seen in recent memory. It’s leading many local businesses to step up and help families struggling to get food on the table.

The COVID-19 pandemic is testing the limits of food pantries and soup kitchens across the the city.

Many food banks have been forced to shut down and there have been pop-up food drives to fill the hole.

Local businesses, including law firm Barasch and McGarry, are now chipping in. They donated lunch to front-line workers at Mount Sinai on Monday

"If we don’t take care of these people, who is going to take care of us? Right now they are eating out of vending machines," Michael Barasch said. "That’s not the right way. These people should be fed proper meals."

Restaurants — which are caught up in their own fight for survival — are also lending a hand, donating to front-line workers and the under privileged in their own communities

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams called them unsung heroes.

"If you are a person with a family that you were trying to feed, these food pantries they really are a lifesaver," he said.

With unemployment on the rise and a surge of New Yorkers using city meal services, nonprofits on the forefront are bracing themselves.

Mayor Bill de Blasio assured residents they would not go hungry on his watch