What can I do if my neighborhood doesn't have a designated food distribution site?

Published: 03 April, 2020 | Last updated: 21 May, 2020 8:38 pm | Español

By Avi Wolfman-Arent

Community civic associations and neighborhood groups can play an important role in lobbying city officials for meal site expansion.

In Mantua, Sam Samuel and other members of the Mantua Civic Association went to the nearest site, showed their "Mantua Civic Association" card and asked for 50 meals. Samuel and a group of volunteers then distributed meals directly to family homes.

While coordinating food delivery, members of the Mantua Civic Association lobbied city officials for a meal site in their neighborhood. Those efforts paid off this week, when they were promised use of a community center at 35th Street and Haverford Avenue to pass out student meals. On Monday, the city also added two “food sites” in Mantua where families can pick up one box of food per household, twice a week.

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