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City Council sends funds to CUNY students, on-campus pantries struggling amid coronavirus outbreak

Added 03-30-20 07:13:02pm EST - “The legislature is sending $400 checks to 1,595 students and $35,000 to pantries.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “City Council sends funds to CUNY students, on-campus pantries struggling amid coronavirus outbreak”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

With about one in three of the Big Apple’s food pantries closed, the City Council is giving thousands of dollars to low-income CUNY students and on-campus food pantries.

“There’s long been a crisis of hunger, food insecurity and poverty among the lowest income college students, and the coronavirus outbreak threatens to compound the crisis to an extent not seen before,” Councilman Ritchie Torres (D-Bronx) said Monday in announcing the aid.

The 1,595 students come from families whose household incomes average just $15,605. About 15 CUNY campuses have food pantries, though availability changes day to day, according to Nicholas Freudenberg, a public health professor at the CUNY Graduate Center and expert on food insecurity.

“We don’t want students to sacrifice meals because cafeterias — where [students] could use city-funded vouchers or swipe cards — are closed,” Council Speaker Corey Johnson said in a statement. “These students need those meals now more than ever to remain healthy.”

The Council is drawing on a $1 million pilot program it launched in December to fight food insecurity among CUNY students.

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