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Food Safety Nets Are Straining Under Economic Meltdown

Connecticut Health I-TEAM

People wait outside of the 164 Wilson Food Pantry for their numbers to be called. The pantry is part of the Wilson Memorial Church of God in Christ. -Photo by Melanie C Stengel

By Peggy McCarthy

Beyond the gleaming office towers overlooking I-95 in Stamford and the pleasure boats that frequent the city’s marinas, thousands of city residents are struggling with hunger, a situation worsened by the pandemic.

Severe food needs in Stamford, which has the most COVID-19 cases in Connecticut, reflect the state and national food emergency wrought by record unemployment. Consistent with the national experience, Latino and black residents, who comprise about 40% of the city’s population, are disproportionately contracting COVID-19 and losing low-wage work. Latinos comprise 26% (33,000) of Stamford’s population, blacks 14% (17,000).

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