Many thousands of formerly middle-class families are visiting food pantries for the first time

Last week, The New York Times profiled the new faces of food insecurity: Families who had been making nearly six figures before the pandemic, families that owned cars and sent their kids to private school, families for whom the bottom has suddenly fallen out. Parents describe spending the day in the car, driving from town to town to gather bread from one pantry, fruit from another, school supplies from a third, day-old donuts from a bakery. It’s a sobering read, as is the photo essay that accompanies it. 

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