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Food pantry helps fight food insecurity in Queens

Posted at 8:48 AM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 08:57:20-04

QUEENS — A community in Queens has been crippled by food insecurity to the point where lines for free food stretch for 28 blocks.

In the Corona neighborhood, the need for food assistance was already high prior to the pandemic. Now more residents, mostly immigrants, are relying on food pantries to survive.

La Jornada Food Pantry has stepped up and now serves about 10,000 people a week.

Founder and executive director of the foundation, Pedro Rodriguez, spoke to PIX11 about what has changed since the start of the pandemic and how the food pantry has been able to manage the increase in visitors.

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