NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The town is kicking off its Summer Meals program, however this yr it’s not only for college students. It’s for everybody.
Colleges Chancellor Meisha Ross Porter helped serve lunch to college students at Public Faculty 20 Anna Silver on Essex Road on Thursday.
“We made it a precedence to guarantee that no youngster and no household was hungry all through this time,” she informed CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge.
All through the college yr, college students get breakfasts and lunches without spending a dime. The Summer season Meals program makes certain they nonetheless get fed.
“My mother had surgical procedure earlier than and it was exhausting for her to prepare dinner and do a variety of different issues. After which when she discovered for the college she put me in there and it began serving to her much more,” a fourth grader named Chloe mentioned.
“My favourite issues to eat is the cereal and the rooster nugget,” second grader Marianne mentioned, including the meals at college is “even higher” than the meals at dwelling.
Officers realized it wasn’t simply college students that wanted assist. So did mother and father, in order that they expanded this system to all New Yorkers.
“Pre-pandemic, there have been about 1.1 million New Yorkers who skilled meals insecurity. Fairly merely, that’s not all the time realizing the place your subsequent meal goes to come back from. Peak of pandemic, we knew there was about 1.6 million, a couple of half one million particular person improve,” mentioned Kate MacKenzie, government director of the town’s Workplace of Meals Coverage.
On common, the Summer season Meals program handed out just a few thousand meals a day. This previous yr that quantity rose to 500,000 meals a day. Since March, officers have handed out 130 million meals, prompting the town to speculate probably the most cash ever in emergency meals applications, rising its price range to $50 million, up from $30 million.
Any New Yorker — not simply college students — can come decide up a field of meals. No registration or identification is required.
Monday to Friday, there are 400 grab-and-go websites open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in all 5 boroughs. All you must do is textual content “NYC Meals” to 877-877 and also you’ll get a textual content again asking on your zip code, which gives you the closest meals web site to you.