Over 100 people lined up outside the Salvation Army Brooklyn Brownsville Corps Community Center on a recent Friday as workers handed out plastic bags filled with fresh produce. Nearly one-third of Brownsville’s residents are food insecure, and the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating the issue.

Before the pandemic, Charlene Williams-Mahon, 33, the organization’s social ministries coordinator, said that the community center typically handed out around 1,000 t-shirt sized bags of food in a month. She says that number is now closer to 3,000.

Over 100 residents in Brownsville wait for bags of fresh produce on a ‘pantry day’ at the Salvation Army. Denny Jacob/Bklyner Over 100 people lined up outside the Salvation Army Brooklyn Brownsville Corps Community Center on a recent Friday as workers handed out plastic bags filled with fresh produce. […]

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