In the past six months, the city has waged an all-out war on hunger — an old, familiar foe whose grip grew stronger during the darkest days of the pandemic.

COVID-19 forced nearly one-third of the city’s food pantries — most dependent on senior citizen volunteers — to shut down. The closures led to massive turnouts at those that remained open for families, some walking as far as Coney Island to Park Slope just for a grab-and-go meal.

Pedestrians collect fresh produce and shelf-stable pantry items outside Barclays Center as Food Bank For New York City provides assistance to those in need due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Thursday, Sept. 10, in New York. In the past six months, the city has waged an all-out war on hunger […]

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