In an immigrant community battling coronavirus, ‘essential’ means ‘vulnerable’

Gladys Vega, a longtime activist and executive director of the Chelsea Collaborative, a nonprofit, began to see in March how even minor disruptions in the economy would dramatically destabilize the community, especially among day laborers whose hours were suddenly being cut. Food scarcity was already a problem in Chelsea, but the coronavirus sparked a wave of hunger.

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Photography by Darlene DeVita & Lena Mirisola