Queens, one of the first COVID-19 epicenters, faces a new crisis: hunger (National Geographic)

National Geographic: Queens, one of the first COVID-19 epicenters, faces a new crisis: hunger. “Queens’ official unemployment rate in October was 13.1 percent, according to the New York State Department of Labor. But the real number was likely higher given the large number of undocumented immigrants working informal or gig-economy jobs not reflected in state data. During the summer, numerous social-services organizations across New York City reported at least 75 percent of their immigrant clients had lost jobs because of the pandemic. With joblessness rampant, many more families are now seeking help from food pantries scattered about the borough.”

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