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Hungry New York: Throw a lifeline to food pantries

Added 03-28-20 04:13:02am EST - “The coronavirus epidemic is a health-care crisis that could turn into a humanitarian disaster if the safety net we rely on to help our neediest residents doesn't stay afloat.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Hungry New York: Throw a lifeline to food pantries”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The coronavirus epidemic is a health-care crisis that could turn into a humanitarian disaster if the safety net we rely on to help our neediest residents doesn’t stay afloat.

But New York City’s food pantries, a lifeline to the elderly, disabled and unemployed, are facing an existential threat, burdened with new delivery, equipment and personnel costs at the moment they’re most needed by tens of thousands of newly unemployed New Yorkers.

For New York’s pantries, delivery trucks are scarcer than they’ve ever been. Wholesale prices are rising for commodities like eggs and milk as big-box groceries scramble to meet panic-induced national food demands. Pantries are paying for masks and gloves to keep workers and clients safe. And many pantries that typically relied on elderly volunteers to deliver food must suddenly find money to pay a newly hired delivery workforce.

Already, 15% of the city’s small pantries have closed. Springtime galas that underwrite nonprofit operations for the whole year with big individual checks are canceled. Deep-pocketed donors shaken by stock-market turmoil are pulling back on promised checks.

These organizations are starved for resources. If they go belly up, thousands upon thousands of people will be starving for food.

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