A nonprofit located in Queens, New York, is tackling the issue of food insecurity in the United States head-on. 

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Before the coronavirus pandemic hit, The Connected Chef focused on education, cooking and gardening classes. The organization’s priorities changed to combating food insecurity when COVID-19 began to spread across New York City, director and co-founder Kim Calichio explained. Calichio and her husband are both restaurant chefs and have been in the food service industry for a very long time.

“We knew that specifically families were going to be now out

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As the COVID-19 pandemic ravages the U.S. economy, it has given rise to a related public health crisis: food insecurity. Last year, 35 million Americans were food insecure, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That number may rise to 50 million by the end of the year. 

Just ask Marquitta White. A full-time student in Norfolk, Virginia, with two jobs and two daughters, Ms. White’s Thanksgiving dinner – and a week’s worth of leftovers – was provided with help from the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank.

“I was definitely grateful,” says Ms. White. “If it wasn’t for [the food bank], we

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