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The COVID pandemic proved to be challenging to NYC families in many different ways. Many families were confronted by an economic recession. One consequence of declining incomes was a growing anxiety about paying for and accessing enough food. As more clients came to P.A.'L.A.N.T.E. Harlem for housing assistance, staff noticed the corresponding concerns about the ability to feed their families.

Food insecurity in New York City (NYC) is a pressing issue that underscores the challenges faced by urban populations. Despite being one of the world's wealthiest cities, many residents struggle to access nutritious and affordable food. High living costs, limited access to fresh produce in low-income neighborhoods, and disparities in wages contribute to this problem. Additionally, systemic issues such as racial and ethnic inequalities exacerbate food insecurity, with communities of color disproportionately affected.

BODEGA FRIDAY

3,000 Groceries Distributed to Families 

P.A.'L.A.N.T.E. has created a distribution point in Harlem for high-quality groceries and essential supplies donated by 9 Million Reasons (City’s largest community food pantry). #BodegaFriday takes place every Friday at 1PM. P.A.'L.A.N.T.E. makes sure every family has access to the resources they need for a stable and nourishing life. Central to our efforts is the urgent task of tackling food insecurity, a pressing issue that directly affects the well-being of countless families in our local area. We are deeply committed to confronting this challenge head-on, recognizing the profound impact that consistent access to nutritious meals can have on the health and stability of individuals and families alike.

We devote ourselves to the task of providing weekly food relief to those who find themselves in vulnerable situations. Through strategic partnerships, dedicated volunteers, and the generosity of donors (9 Million Reasons), we ensure that no one in our community goes hungry. Our tireless efforts extend beyond merely addressing immediate needs; they represent a commitment to building a more equitable and supportive environment where every individual can thrive, free from the burdens of hunger and food insecurity.

1 in 10 New Yorkers don't have enough food

The consequences of food insecurity extend beyond physical health; it can also impact mental health, educational attainment, and overall well-being. For instance, children experiencing food insecurity may struggle academically and have developmental issues due to inadequate nutrition.

4 in 10 families with children are going hungry. 

When families lack access to an adequate and consistent food supply, it not only jeopardizes their physical health but also hampers the overall well-being and development of children. Proper nutrition is essential for children's growth, cognitive development, and overall health. Hunger can lead to developmental delays, poor academic performance, and long-term health issues.

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