Battling to Keep the City Fed

How one Brooklyn soup kitchen is fighting to feed those in need

By Yoonji Han and Patrick Mulligan

The pandemic has put enormous strain on the city’s food pantries and many of them have
shuttered, just as the number of New Yorkers requiring food assistance is surging. Resources
are shrinking. According to the Food Bank for New York City, nearly a third of all food assistance
services have halted operations. St. John’s Bread and Life is just one of the few food pantries
and soup kitchens still open, and the Brooklyn-based charity is determined to keep feeding as
many New Yorkers as they for as long as they can.



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