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Lunchtime Tuesday, Hunger in Brooklyn
News: Lunchtime Tuesday, Hunger in Brooklyn

At Brooklyn Pantries & Kitchens, New Need is Getting Old

On one Tuesday in September, visits to 12 food pantries and soup kitchens in Brooklyn found unique stories of why clients came, and similar reports from operators of rising demand .

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Bushwick: 'There are kids out there who are hungry besides us.'

Lunchtime, Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at the Trinity Human Service Center.

Bed-Stuy: 'I have seen less produce, less food … but more people.'

Lunchtime, Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger.

Crown Heights: 'If you come in hot, I know how to cool you down.'

Lunchtime, Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at the Bethany United Methodist Church soup kitchen.

Williamsburg: 'Normal families need food. This is ridiculous.'

Lunchtime, Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at the Southside Community Mission.

Midwood: 'They can come into a store that's neat and feel good about it.'

Lunchtime, Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at B'nai Raphael Chesed.

Bushwick: 'I see a lot of older people come now.'

Lunchtime, Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at the Salvation Army.

Crown Heights: 'For two weeks last month, we didn't have any food at all.'

Lunchtime, Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at the First Mary Magdalene Temple and Seventh Day Pentecostal Church.

Bed-Stuy: 'We know the importance in recognizing the dignity of the people.'

Lunchtime, Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at Bread and Life.

Sheepshead Bay: 'It's painful and it's embarrassing, you know?'

Lunchtime, Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at Hannah's Kosher Shabbat.

Prospect Heights: 'If you come late, they'll let you stay.'

Lunchtime, Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at Hope City Empowerment Center.

Williamsburg: 'Never say you won't drink the dirty water.'

Lunchtime, Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at Most Holy Trinity.


On Tuesday, September 13, we sent reporters to a dozen food pantries or soup kitchens in Brooklyn to learn what the people who run them are seeing, and what the people who need them are going through.

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