On Thursday, October 14, the BronxWorks food pantry at Twin Parks West celebrated one year of operation. In the first few months of the pandemic, the BronxWorks team at Twin Parks West, which specializes in employment services, noticed an increasing need for food among residents.
Though New York is working toward recovery from the pandemic, significant economic effects still linger for many Bronx families, on top of existing challenges in neighborhoods which have historically faced high rates of food insecurity. In 2020, BronxWorks saw a dramatic increase in demand for food and nutrition services and ramped up its programs to meet community needs—including expanding from four to twelve food distributions a week.
The team at Twin Parks West began connecting residents to food resources however they could, and officially launched the weekly food pantry in October 2020. A year later, the team continues weekly pantry operations as need persists.
The Twin Parks West food pantry distributes about 80 bags of groceries each week to residents. In addition to the pantry, this location offers a range of supportive services, including access to workforce programs to help residents secure employment.
Food insecurity remains high in the Bronx, with unemployment rates well above the city and state averages—the borough saw 13.4% unemployment in August 2021, compared to 9.8% citywide and 7.4% statewide. As such, BronxWorks continues to provide increased food distribution services to the Bronx community.
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