BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, BROOKLYN — A Bed-Stuy food pantry continues to step up to meet rising need caused by the new coronavirus outbreak.The Campaign Against Hunger will open a new temporary warehouse Friday to serve as a distribution hub, a release states.The pantry initially strained as demand spiked during the outbreak’s early days. It has since expanded, received high-profile visits from Mayor Bill de Blasio and other politicians and now sends off about 2,000 bags of food a day.It has served more than 188,000 people and provided enough food for over 1.89 million meals since the pandemic began, a release states.

“I have never seen such wide-spread need in my over 20 years of serving vulnerable communities,” said Melony Samuels, the pantry’s founder, in a statement. “We can serve the city;
we can impact positive change amidst COVID-19. I strongly believe that no one needs to go hungry in New York City.”