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HUNGER ACTIVISTS ARE USING PHRASES LIKE ‘WAREHOUSE OPTIMIZATION’ AND ‘STREAMLINED INVENTORY MANAGEMENT.’

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As the sun set on a recent Saturday afternoon, Joel Matos fist-bumped and thanked the dozen or so volunteers who were leaving the outdoor food pantry he runs out of a church parking lot on the border of Sunset Park and Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

Then Mr. Matos, the founder and director of Holding Hands Ministries, quietly gazed at the pallets of canned goods and produce, and the mound of cardboard boxes that still needed to be cleared. Only five volunteers remained, including him and his wife.

“This is when I start to get scared,” Mr. Matos said. He then sent a bat-signal emoji to a friend, asking for help.

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