De Blasio links federal stimulus aid to New York’s free meals program


NEW YORK CITY – Mayor Bill de Blasio calls on Congress to pass a coronavirus stimulus package that provides financial assistance to city and state governments so they can continue to provide social services that have become even more needed in the environment of the pandemic, especially food programs.More than 2 million people in New York City are food insecure and many don’t know where their next meal will come from, de Blasio said in a coronavirus briefing on Tuesday.

“As people lost their income, it became more and more difficult for people to buy basic items, including food,” said de blasio. “It’s shocking to see. It’s painful, but New York City has truly rallied around its fellow New Yorkers who need food.

As the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the city this spring, de Blasio launched a multi-pronged approach to tackle food insecurity and ensure New Yorkers don’t go hungry.

On Tuesday, the mayor announced an important milestone that he says makes him both proud and sad: 100 million free meals have been distributed to New Yorkers in need.

“It gives you an idea of ​​the scale of the challenge,” the mayor said, adding that the city will continue to provide free meals for as long as possible. “But again… we need help. As Congress meets in Washington to discuss the stimulus, here’s another example: providing stimulus funding so cities and states can provide food assistance to people in need.


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