Hundreds line up outside NYC’s Bowery Mission for free Easter meal

Hundreds of the city’s neediest crowded the sidewalk outside the Bowery Mission on Sunday for a free Easter meal — with officials saying coronavirus-induced layoffs have sent demand soaring.

More than 400 locals — some in masks, but many without — began lining up outside the 150-year-old mission’s red doors at 227 Bowery at noon, with the queue snaking around the corner onto Rivington Street for a portable Easter feast in a box.

Officials at the mission, one of the Big Apple’s oldest charities which continues to provide breakfast and lunch daily, said Sunday’s crowd was reflective of the swelling lines outside their doors since the coronavirus slammed the city.

“Typically our clientele is a lot of homeless,” spokesman James Winans told The Post Sunday. “Now we’re seeing more and more people who were employed three or four weeks ago.”


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