New York woman loses job, leads pantry feeding thousands in Queens

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Sofia Moncayo, who leads a food distribution program through Mosaic West Queens Church in the Sunnyside neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York speaks with a donation recipient, on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. Moncayo and dozens of volunteers distribute more than 1,000 boxes of food to families twice a week. (AP Photo/Emily Leshner)

SUNNYSIDE, Queens — During the pandemic, Sofia Moncayo has led a food distribution program through Mosaic West Queens Church.

Moncayo was furloughed from her job at a construction company in June and remains unemployed.

During that time, she has continued to lead fundraisers and coordinate dozens of volunteers who distribute more than 1,000 boxes of food to families twice a week in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Queens.

Moncayo says she strives to look at the people who are served by the program as neighbors, and not simply as people who need food.

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