Street corners and sidewalks transformed into impromptu food distribution centers. The pandemic has devastated America’s economy and millions of people, many minorities, lost their jobs. The racial gap in poverty is only expected to widen – according to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2017 Minnesota’s overall poverty rate (9.5 percent) was well below the national average (13.4 percent). However, the statewide poverty rate for Black residents (28.3 percent) exceeded the national average for African Americans (22.9 percent). The Black poverty rate in the Twin Cities was 25.5 percent – only marginally better than the state average for African Americans, but still five times higher than the rate for White residents of the Twin Cities.