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Long lines for food on Rio’s President Vargas Avenue as hunger grows with pandemic

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Readers who pass downtown Rio de Janeiro's Bibliotheca do Parque on President Vargas Avenue may have noticed a large line forming at lunchtime.

With unemployment and underemployment having increased due to the effects of the pandemic, both because of lockdowns and general economic disruption, increasing numbers of people rely on charity for their daily meals. Concurrently, donations to food charities have dropped dramatically during the pandemic.

Typically those who received food charity in the center of the city were the homeless, but since the pandemic began more and more people who have lost their jobs . . .

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