Following the spread of a deadly coronavirus pathogen from its source in Wuhan, China to countries around the world, a global surge in hunger has brought the impact of food insecurity into critical focus. The first confirmed case of the virus known as COVID-19 in the United States was in January 2020. In the months since then, life as we’ve known it has been drastically altered. For an increasing number of Americans and for millions around the world, food insecurity is a daily struggle.
In response to the pandemic, more and more Americans are working at home and attending classes virtually. We eat out less, have food delivered to our homes from grocery stores, and we order takeout from local restaurants to help keep them open. To encourage the public to return to indoor dining, restaurants have had to reinvent themselves. To comply with social distancing guidelines, they’ve reduced indoor seating capacity, pared down menu options, and offer outdoor seating. In some cities, precious parking spaces been replaced by dining spaces, and few have complained. In this pandemic cloud we live under, people hunger for the chance to dine in the open air along a boulevard as people and cars pass by.
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