Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity has increased in New York City, across the United States, and the world. With many family members out of work in New York City, food insecurity has been particularly true for households with children. Even short-term food insecurity can have a significant impact on both the physical and emotional health of children.
Latinas & Lideres felt compelled and inspired to do something about this.
In response to food insecurity affecting so many New York City families, Latinas & Lideres has developed a food distribution initiative where we have provided healthy foods, hygiene, cleaning and safety supplies (i.e. face masks, disinfectant hand soap, and hand sanitizer), board games, and arts and crafts materials to families in communities that have been disproportionately affected by the virus. To date, our team has distributed groceries to 25 families with children across New York City’s five boroughs.
Altogether this adds up to close to 100 children from these families. Latinas & Lideres partnered with schools and principals across the city to identify the most vulnerable families some of which are living in temporary housing. In addition, we have helped ensure that the most vulnerable girls of our program in Dominican Republic and their families have enough food during this pandemic.