Authors

Teresa Mares

Teresa Mares is Associate Professor of Anthropology and the Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Food Systems at the University of Vermont. She is the author of Life on the Other Border: Farmworkers and Food Justice in Vermont (University of California Press, 2019) and is currently working on a co-authored book (with Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern), Will Work For Food: Labor Across the Food Chain.

Op-ed: How the Pandemic Made it Harder For Immigrants to Access Food

Food is distributed at the Ebenezer Seventh-day Adventist church on July 22, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The church distributes hundreds of packages of food every Wednesday. While many New York neighborhoods have long depended on charities, food banks and nonprofits to meet their nutritional needs, the Covid-19 pandemic has only multiplied the number of residents experiencing food insecurity. Across the city groups that serve those in need are seeing a huge increase in clients. According to the mayor’s office, an estimated 2 million people are currently food insecure in New York City, which is up from 1 million people before the pandemic. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)