1.5 Million New Yorkers Can’t Afford Food: While Jobless Numbers Grow

“We have done disasters before but nothing is even close to what we are doing now,” Alexander Rapaport, the executive director of Masbia soup kitchen network, told FOX 5 NY.

Rapaport said, “there is so much need.” So much so that for the last three days, his staff, and volunteers have been operating around the clock. All three locations, “in Borough Park, Flatbush in Brooklyn, and in Forest Hills in Queens, are now open 24/7, feeding 1,500 families a day, but it is still not enough,” he said.

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Masbia has now transitioned into “digital lines.” “You now have to make an appointment to pick up your box of food,” said Rapaport.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said in early October that he wants to send the city’s COVID-19 hot-spot neighborhoods into lockdown again. “We’re having an extraordinary problem — something we haven’t seen since spring,’’ de Blasio told reporters on a conference call. 11 zip codes could end up going into full lockdown.

More than 520,000 jobs have been permanently lost in New York City since March when the Covid-19 restrictions took place.

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To make an appointment, text the word “FOOD” to 7-26879.

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