Each year, community kitchens and shelters feed millions of Americans, many of them homeless, on Thanksgiving. This year, the need will be there even bigger, and it will go beyond Thanksgiving.
Feed America said 1 in 6 people will experience food insecurity by the end of the year. Organizations in New York City work to provide food and comfort safely this holiday.
The Masbia Soup Kitchen Network has three locations in Brooklyn and Queens, and they now serve meals 24 hours a day, five days a week.
“It’s sad that people can be so terrible that, at 3 a.m., if that’s the slot they get, that’s the slot they’ll take,” said Alexander Rapaport, executive director of the soup kitchen chain.
Rapaport says demand has increased so much during the pandemic that serving late into the night is the only way to safely get food for everyone. That includes Thanksgiving. And, there are other changes.
“People usually come and like restaurants. But now everything must go, “said Rapaport.
The Bowery Mission in Manhattan also prepares a take-away turkey dinner, masked. And there will be tables outside with music and decorations.
“People gather around the table and chat with perfect strangers. So we hope some of that happens on Thanksgiving Day in a safe way, “said James Winans, president and CEO of missions.
Because this is not just a place to enjoy hot food. They are a community for people who may not have them.
Is the state ready to launch a COVID-19 vaccine?
Claire Hannan, executive director of the not-for-profit Immunization Managers Association, which represents state health officials, said the state had made it good development in their preparation. And we can have multiple vaccines soon. But the states still need more funding, he said. According to Hannan, the lack of additional funding will hamper distribution at first, but it can cause problems later on. “It’s really worrying that Congress may not pass funding or there is information going around saying the state doesn’t need additional funding,” he said.
How will the service industry handle the return of coronavirus restrictions?
Without another round of something like the Salary Protection Program, which kept many businesses afloat during the early stages of the pandemic, the prospects are gloomy for places like restaurants. Some in the San Francisco Bay Area, for example, only got back to eating indoors for one week before cases rose and restrictions were reinstated. Restaurant owners are refining their business model in an effort to survive while waiting to see if they can get more help.
How are hospitals dealing with the national spike in COVID-19 cases?
As the pandemic soars and more medical professionals themselves are catching COVID, nearly 1 in 5 hospitals in the country report experiencing it critical staff shortage, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services. One of the immediate effects of staff shortages is that people with other medical needs are asked to wait.
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