In the face of threats posed by the coronavirus pandemic, community partners in the historic neighborhood of Brownsville in Brooklyn are coming together to ensure local families can access essential items. Brownsville has a proud history of resident-led organizing and building community solidarity for initiatives and projects that help combat the effects of anti-black and systemic racism. Over 9,000 children—54 percent of children in Brownsville, including nearly 3,000 children under the age of five—are growing up in households that face institutional barriers to steady jobs, good-quality healthcare, lack of affordable housing, and access to fresh and healthy food. The financial strain and shortages resulting from the pandemic meant food insecurity and a lack of access to essential items for families across Brownsville.
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