NYC Public Schools to Provide Grab & Go Meals for Remote Learners at 1,100 Locations

09.28.2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   

CONTACT:

Nicole Aber, 646-627-7741

Naber@hungerfreeamerica.org     

207 Community Hub Sites to Serve Take Out Meals to Adults in Need

Advocates Praise City’s Measures to Ensure All New Yorkers Are Fed

The NYC Mayor’s Office of Food Policy announced this weekend that the city will be continuing its Grab & Go meal distribution sites throughout this school year that are available for New York City public school families. Hunger Free NYC, a division of Hunger Free America, a direct service and advocacy nonprofit organization, applauded the city’s efforts to ensure that all children continue to be fed as the economic effects of the pandemic continue and an estimated 2 million New Yorkers are now struggling with hunger.

Said Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, “It is vital that the city continues these feeding programs so that students have access to nutritious meals while schools operate either remotely or through a hybrid model this year. According to a survey we conducted this year, child hunger in NYC has doubled during the pandemic. And with 62 percent of NYC public school parents concerned about their children’s access to food this fall, having Grab & Go meals available at 1,100 sites throughout the city will certainly ease some of these concerns.”

Hunger Free America also praised the city’s decision to allow adults to continue picking up meals from 207 Community Hub locations across the city. Unemployment remains sky-high in parts of the city including in the Bronx at nearly 25 percent.

“Unfortunately, we will be seeing the economic implications of the pandemic for months and years to come,” Berg said. “The city is doing all that it can to quell the hunger in our city, and Hunger Free NYC is committed to making sure that anyone in need of food assistance receives it, particularly through federally-funded nutrition programs.”

NYC is also continuing its GetFoodNYC Emergency Home Food Delivery program, which is available for seniors, those with compromised immune systems, and other vulnerable populations. To be eligible for this emergency service, households must not have anyone who is able to go food shopping nor anyone who is able to go food shopping for them. Additionally, they must not currently receive other meal delivery services nor afford regular food delivery options.

Hunger Free NYC is available to assist individuals enroll in the Emergency Home Food Delivery program in addition to providing free, confidential pre-screenings to check eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). The Hunger Free NYC team can be reached at 646-355-1475 (for English) and 347-599-1510 (for Spanish).

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