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Brooklyn family struggles as pandemic worsens food insecurity

Posted at 3:44 PM, Sep 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-14 15:44:15-04

CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — Brooklynite Sharawn Vinson felt she had no choice but to send her 11-year-old twins to live with their father in North Carolina after the pandemic threw into doubt her ability to make sure they had enough food.

It was a painful decision, but it bought her time to save up money and food stamps, and find a job. She also volunteered at a food pantry and is helping feed dozens of neighbors at her housing complex.

By August the kids were able to return in time for a remote graduation and the start of youth football.

Vinson is emblematic of some 2 million New Yorkers facing food insecurity due to the pandemic.

"It was hard feeding them three times a day," Vinson said.