Ja Nelle Pleasure never used to think twice about putting food on the table for her family.
In fact, the Pleasure family revolved around food. One of their favorite activities was to spin a globe, put a finger down and cook a dish from the country where it lands.
“It was a lot of fun because we got to eat all over the place, stuff that none of us would have dared try before, like silkworms,” she says. “They really look disgusting and scary. … But when you eat it, it tastes like popcorn.”
They haven’t done that since the start of the pandemic, when Pleasure lost her job.
“There’s not a belt to tighten there. There’s no wiggle room here,” she says. “I’m unemployed, and there are limited things that I can do.”
This is increasingly becoming the reality for millions of Americans, and people of color are much