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Hundreds of people are standing outside the Bowery Mission in New York for lunch on Easter Sunday

In New York City, hundreds lined up outside the Bowery Mission homeless center for a free Easter Sunday meal, as despair in the country grows amid the Corona virus crisis.

On Sunday afternoons, locals lined the block, many of them wearing hats, masks, and gloves, exercising at a social distance while waiting for their hot meal.

The homeless center caters to the needs of the city’s poor and hungry who have been arriving at the iconic red doors since the 1870s.

The lines were longer than usual, as the city has shrunk the effects of the coronavirus outbreak that closed businesses, leaving more than 16 million Americans unemployed and many families struggling to make ends meet.

It was Friday reported that the Manhattan mission saw double lines for regular meal distribution – a sign that food security has become an issue for New Yorkers.

In New York City, long lines of people were seen outside the Bowery Mission homeless center in Manhattan feeding the hungry an Easter Sunday meal as despair grows in the country amid the Corona virus crisis

In New York City, long lines of people were seen outside the Bowery Mission homeless center in Manhattan feeding the hungry an Easter Sunday meal as despair grows in the country amid the Corona virus crisis

Locals seen after getting their hot Easter meal at the iconic red doors of Manhattan's Bowery Mission

Locals seen after getting their hot Easter meal at the iconic red doors of Manhattan's Bowery Mission

Locals seen after getting their hot Easter meal at the iconic red doors of Manhattan’s Bowery Mission

The lines were so long that barricades were set up to facilitate the guest flow, while people braved the cold Sunday morning

The lines were so long that barricades were set up to facilitate the guest flow, while people braved the cold Sunday morning

The lines were so long that barricades were set up to facilitate the guest flow, while people braved the cold Sunday morning

Lines were seen moving further down the block, and many people saw protective masks and gloves

Lines were seen moving further down the block, and many people saw protective masks and gloves

Lines were seen moving further down the block, and many people saw protective masks and gloves

Friday, it was reported that the Manhattan mission saw double lines for regular meal distribution - a sign that food security has become an issue for New Yorkers

Friday, it was reported that the Manhattan mission saw double lines for regular meal distribution - a sign that food security has become an issue for New Yorkers

Friday, it was reported that the Manhattan mission saw double lines for regular meal distribution – a sign that food security has become an issue for New Yorkers

Two people imagined walking away from the mission with their Easter lunch in hand on Sunday

Two people imagined walking away from the mission with their Easter lunch in hand on Sunday

Two people imagined walking away from the mission with their Easter lunch in hand on Sunday

“This Easter weekend, our thoughts are with you amid all the insecurities and challenges facing our community and city. And we remain hopeful because of the promises of God’s love, often shown by the compassion of friends like you. So we want to say thank you, ‘the Bowery Mission shared on social media.

The mission said it would serve more than 60,000 meals to hungry New Yorkers at Easter.

In the US, there are more than 550,000 cases of the virus and 20,000 deaths from COVID-19.

As of Saturday night, there were more than 188,000 cases of the virus in New York State and more than 9,000 deaths.

The Big Apple reported 98,715 cases and 6,367 deaths as of Saturday night.

The outbreak has caused states to stall, businesses to shut down, and unemployment to rise dramatically, as concerns about the spread of stability in the country.

The Trump administration has said May 1 is the target date to relax those who stay at home, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn said on Sunday.

But he warned that it was too early to say whether that goal is actually achievable.

“We see light at the end of the tunnel,” Hahn told ABC’s This Week, adding, “Public safety and the well-being of the American people should be paramount. That should ultimately guide these decisions. ‘

As of Saturday night, there were more than 188,000 cases of the virus in New York State and more than 9,000 deaths

As of Saturday night, there were more than 188,000 cases of the virus in New York State and more than 9,000 deaths

As of Saturday night, there were more than 188,000 cases of the virus in New York State and more than 9,000 deaths

Lines seem to grow on the mission, meaning New Yorkers are hit hard in the coronavirus crisis

Lines seem to grow on the mission, meaning New Yorkers are hit hard in the coronavirus crisis

Lines seem to grow on the mission, meaning New Yorkers are hit hard in the coronavirus crisis

A view of the long line outside the Bowery Mission on Sunday morning depicted with the Empire State Building in the background

A view of the long line outside the Bowery Mission on Sunday morning depicted with the Empire State Building in the background

A view of the long line outside the Bowery Mission on Sunday morning depicted with the Empire State Building in the background

Locals imagined digging into their hot Easter Sunday lunches packed in brown cardboard boxes for the road

Locals imagined digging into their hot Easter Sunday lunches packed in brown cardboard boxes for the road

Locals imagined digging into their hot Easter Sunday lunches packed in brown cardboard boxes for the road

Sunday was a bleak Easter celebration for the country as mass services and gatherings are not allowed on home orders.

Some challenging religious and political leaders say that their right to worship is more important than distance warnings.

Pastor Tony Spell told Reuters he expected more than 2,000 people to gather on Sunday for his evangelical Life Tabernacle Mega Church near Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

US Attorney General William Barr will oversee the regulation of religious services, Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupac wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

The number of coronavirus cases in New York State has risen dramatically since March

The number of coronavirus cases in New York State has risen dramatically since March

The number of coronavirus cases in New York State has risen dramatically since March

“While social distance policies are appropriate in this emergency, they should be applied evenly and not exclude religious organizations,” Kupac wrote. “Expect DOJ action next week!”

Feeding America – the country’s largest hunger relief organization – told Good Morning America that it estimates it will have to feed another 17.1 million people – many of whom rely on food banks for the first time – as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

This in addition to the 37 million people who were previously insecure, including 11 million children and 5.5 million seniors.

“I’ve never seen a system so tense,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America.

“Probably for the first time in our history we have had to reject some people,” she said, not that “we never want to do that.”

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