More than 400 residents – some masked, but many without – began lining up outside the red doors of the 150-year-old mission at 227 Bowery at noon, with the queue meandering around the corner from Rivington Street for a portable Easter feast in a box.
Mission officials, one of the Big Apple’s oldest charities, which continue to provide breakfast and lunch daily, said Sunday’s crowd reflected puffy lines outside their doors since that the coronavirus has hit the city.
“Typically, our client base is made up of many homeless people,” spokesman James Winans told the Post on Sunday. “We are now seeing more and more people who were employed three or four weeks ago. “
Winans said the virus had forced the mission to make concessions since mid-March, the bug shutting down its cafeteria while employees distributed meals at the door.
“This is a complete process change for us,” he said. “We have a lot to learn.”
He said the lines, which he estimated at nearly 450 on Sunday, have sometimes swelled to more than 500 since the virus struck.
Sunday meals included balsamic chicken, Alfredo pasta, mixed vegetables and iced tea to wash it – with sandwiches and cookies on the side.