Pandemic Has More Families Finding Themselves In Need Of Food For The First Time

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – As the economy continues to struggle, the hunger crisis grows for millions of families, with many finding themselves in need for the first time.

Plenty of organizations are stepping in to help.

As CBS2’s Dick Brennan reports, on the Lower East Side, the need for food has become urgent, and organizations are pooling their resources to distribute it as quickly as they can.

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“Volunteers, resources, food trucks, forklifts. Whatever is needed so we can get the job done,” one person said.

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A study by Feeding America estimates that, nationwide, some 50 million Americans, including 17 million children, may experience food insecurity.

People who cam to Our Lady of Good Counsel Church on the East Side were given two boxes of food.

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During the Covid-19 pandemic, families aren’t pursuing benefits they qualify for, fearing that a Trump administration rule will affect the chances of an immigrant family member to get a green card or U.S. citizenship.



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A study by the Urban Institute, an economic and social policy think tank, found that about 1 in 7 adults in immigrant families, 13.6 percent, reported not having enrolled in programs like Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and housing subsidies last year — even though they or their relatives were eligible — because of worries that it would affect their legalization efforts.

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Karin, 42, who asked to be identified by only her first name to avoid government attention, is one of them. Karin, who works as a housekeeper, has lived in Los Angeles for 15 years after having fled violence in Guatemala. She

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