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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.

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. 

3,000 Groceries Distributed to Families 

P.A.'L.A.N.T.E. is committed to providing needed resources and addressing food insecurity which directly impacts families within our community. We work tirelessly to provide weekly food relief to those in need.

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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