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Laal x Dhaka Discount Grocery Food Pantry
Laal created a formula to calculate assistance amounts by measuring household size, immigration status, SNAP benefits recipients, and health impact due to COVID-19. We found that:
78.4% had difficulty paying for groceries during the COVID-19 pandemic
32.7% did not receive any EBT (food stamps or pandemic-related aid)
Our team understands the severity of the Bangladeshi womxn’s burden and has seen it further exacerbated over the past 12 months, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Increased stress from financial instability, preexisting mental health issues, and food insecurity are taking a toll on our community. With generous support from the New York Foundation, Laal partnered with NYC's Test & Trace Program and Dhaka Discount Grocery in Norwood to hold food pantries. Since the onset of COVID-19, Laal has supported over 1,780 individuals with Bengali staples.