Johnny Marrero’s father was let go from his job at Ricky’s in April. With Covid-19 raging in New York and across the country, nearly 2 million New Yorkers suddenly found themselves out of work, struggling to make rent and put food on the table. Many of those New Yorkers are people of color.
Together, Johnny and his father turned to one of the few kinds of work that was bringing people in, not kicking them out: gig work. Soon after, Johnny and his father were essential workers, delivering food to homebound students and senior citizens through DoorDash.
For the past several months, gig work has offered economic opportunity to those suddenly in need. It also has offered them the flexibility to set their own schedule, ensuring that they can be home