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People load their vehicles with boxes of food at a Los Angeles Regional Food Bank earlier this month in Los Angeles. Food banks across the United States are seeing numbers and people they have never seen before amid unprecedented unemployment from the COVID-19 outbreak. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Food Banks Get The Love, But SNAP Does More To Fight Hunger

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French chef Guy Savoy poses with a face mask in the kitchen of one of his restaurants, in the Monnaie de Paris building, on Tuesday. Christophe Archambault/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Bartolomé Perez of Los Angeles has cooked at McDonald's for 30 years. He helped stage a walkout at his restaurant in April after a coworker tested positive for COVID-19. Courtesy of the Fight for $15 and a Union hide caption

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A farmer leads dairy cows from the pasture to the milking barn at a creamery in Gallipolis, Ohio. The USDA launched a $3 billion plan to distribute food to families, called the Farmers to Family Food Box Program. Matthew Hatcher/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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USDA Secretary Says Despite Plant Closures, He Does Not Anticipate Food Shortages

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Episode 999: The Restaurant From The Future

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The latest inflation data offers a snapshot of Americans' new pandemic spending habits. Prices are down for most goods and services but up sharply for groceries. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters hide caption

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We're Eating At Home And It's Costing Us More

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As sales to restaurant clients dried up, oyster farmer Peter Stein had to adapt or perish. Now, he's delivering oysters directly to individual customers — doing about 20% of his usual business. Jonathan Pearson / Flickr hide caption

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Business Adapts To Deliver The World, In A Long Island Oyster, Door To Door

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Large numbers of customers celebrate Mother's Day at C&C Coffee and Kitchen in Castle Rock, Colo., after the restaurant opened its dining room in defiance of state orders. Nick Puckett/via Reuters hide caption

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Full Belly Farm, a 450-acre, organic farm, in California's Capay Valley northwest of Sacramento, is busier than ever trying to ramp up production to meet soaring demand. Full Belly Farm hide caption

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As Food Supply Chain Breaks Down, Farm-To-Door CSAs Take Off

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Cooks work in the kitchen of the Paul Bocuse's restaurant "L'auberge du Pont de Collonges" on the eve of the official reopening after renovation works, on Jan. 23, in Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or near Lyon, southeastern France. Philippe Desmazes/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Michelle Lee, who has worked for Safeway for 32 years, wishes customers would be more patient about shortages. "They can't understand why they keep coming back and we don't have" items such as toilet paper, she says. Robert Lee hide caption

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Tom Colicchio is a James Beard Award-winning chef and the lead judge on Bravo's Top Chef. Restaurants are "cultural centers" that provide a semblance of normalcy and connection in trying times, he says. Michael Hickey/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images hide caption

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Table For None: Tom Colicchio Explains What Restaurants Need To Survive

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Carolyn Mendel, a General Mills plant manager in Wellston, Ohio, says she has compared notes on workplace safety with a rival frozen food maker nearby. Courtesy of General Mills hide caption

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Potatoes are processed into fries at the Mydibel processing plant in Mouscron, Belgium. Teri Schultz for NPR hide caption

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Belgians Urged To Eat More Fries To Help Potato Farmers Amid Pandemic-Related Glut

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Hundreds of workers tested positive for COVID-19 at a Smithfield Foods hog-processing plant in Sioux Falls, S.D. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters hide caption

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U.S. Workplace Safety Rules Missing In The Pandemic

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A pint of beer is poured at the 2015 Great British Beer Festival in London. A brewery in the northeast of England is giving away beer to help raise money for the National Health Service during the coronavirus pandemic. Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP hide caption

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The normally bustling food stalls and shops along Mohammed Ali Road, shown here in 2010, are now shuttered because of India's coronavirus lockdown. Frédéric Soltan/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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President Trump plans to use the Defense Production Act to keep meat plants running. Workers at the plants have been pushing for more protection from the virus. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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'How To Feed A Dictator' Spills The Beans On 5 Strongmen

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