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In the San Francisco area, Self-Help for the Elderly delivered almost 5,000 meals each day during the height of the pandemic last spring. The nonprofit, which works mostly with Asian seniors, still serves around 2,400 meals every day.

Food insecurity has long been a problem in Asian American communities, “but it was almost impossible to convince any of the mainstream hunger relief organizations that this was real and urgent,” said Nguyen.

Contrary to the common misperception of Asian American wealth and success, poverty among Asian Americans in the U.S. is high. In New York City, for instance, 1 in 4

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Seattle Times food writers Bethany Jean Clement, Jackie Varriano and Tan Vinh have eaten a lot — a lot — of takeout over the course of this past long year. It hasn’t all been great, but they’ve been accentuating the positive — from all different neighborhoods and price points — hoping to assist struggling local restaurants and bored local mouths alike. In honor of the year-old mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, they’re sharing their favorites so far to help you keep getting through. (Please, please let it end relatively soon!)

Xiao Chi Jie

278 106th Ave. N.E., Bellevue; 425-598-2184;

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Andiamo Dearborn restaurant, in business for 17 years, is closing for good on Sunday after losing $3 million during the pandemic.

Owner Joe Vicari, who runs more than 20 restaurants as a part of the Joe Vicari Restaurant Group, notified employees about the closure on Thursday afternoon. The 60 full- and part-time employees have the option to take employment at another Vicari location, he said.

“Whoever wants to do that, I’ll allow it,” Vicari said. “They were appreciative of that.”

The restaurateur said the pandemic-related closures, “pauses” and in-person capacity limits were too much for the location to fight off.

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Members of the U.S. military are increasingly turning to food banks to feed their families. Some families said they couldn’t last a week without visiting the food pantries. 

Desiree Alvarez, her 3-year-old son Elijah and 6-year-old daughter Marysol have had to rely on food banks to survive during the coronavirus pandemic. 

“We’re military, but we’re struggling,” Alvarez said. “This is the first time that I have consistently had to go to a food bank over and over again.” 

Her husband is an E-3 private at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, also known as JBLM. They live in Tacoma, Washington, which is expensive

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Many restaurants have had to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while others are operating in different ways. One local eatery, however, is getting out of town.Jim Cafarelli has been in the restaurant business for much of his life and is the owner of The Studio Kitchen.A cooking show recorded inside The Studio Kitchen won local Emmy awards and helped the Kingston restaurant’s bottom line.But when the pandemic hit, both the restaurant and television show went dark.”COVID is, in my opinion, like the final nail in the coffin,” Cafarelli said.Cafarelli and his son are now crowdsourcing funding to take his … Read More

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JUPITER, Fla. — For Iti Soni, it’s all about spreading love through food.

“It wasn’t planned,” she said.

She always had a passion for cooking.

“I love three things — taking pictures, using Facebook and making food,” Soni said.

What she didn’t know is that it would lead to a profession doing a pandemic. It’s one of those silver-lining stories during a trying time.

“I posted it, and my friends started asking about it. ‘Oh, your food looks so interesting. Can we try it?'” she said.

Word of mouth led to requests by the hundreds. Eventually, a few months ago,

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