Economic strain caused by the Covid-19 pandemic will likely leave an estimated 1.4 million New York City residents struggling to afford adequate food this year, according to Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks.

Before the pandemic, in 2019, just over 1 million experienced food insecurity, meaning a lack of access to nutritionally adequate food, the group said.

Food insecurity is closely linked to unemployment, and while many sectors of the city’s economy have reopened, the labor market is still scarred, particularly for low-wage workers. New York City lost nearly 630,000 private-sector jobs in February compared with the prior year, according to the state Department of Labor, pushing the unemployment rate up nearly 10 percentage points, to 13%.

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