(Photo  Andres Castillo)

It’s been eight months and over 1,000 bags filled with 10,000 pounds of fresh produce since Canal Cafeteria began nourishing the Lower East Side. And one woman is behind the entire operation. Chelsey Ann Slagle founded Canal Cafeteria to provide immediate relief to those facing food insecurity brought on by the pandemic. True to its name, the organization began on Canal Street in front of the coffee shop Little Canal, with a long folding table, premade PB&Js, packaged snacks, fresh fruits, bottled water, and a goal to feed a community. More →