Amazon Go and Amazon Fresh are donating food and equipment to help a New York City college support thousands of students battling food insecurity.
The Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) runs the Panther Pantry, which offers nutritionally balanced food for students facing a food emergency. Amazon’s donations include popular prepared items from Amazon Fresh and Amazon Go, including chicken caesar wraps and salads, egg salad sandwiches, and chicken Banh Mi sandwiches from Amazon Kitchen. The donated industrial refrigerator will also help BMCC stock more in-demand cold products like yogurt, fruits and vegetables, and lean proteins.
“Food insecurity is real. I see it every day on campus. BMCC students are sometimes uncomfortable asking for help when they come to us at the Panther Pantry, but we make sure they know we are on their side,” said Deborah Harte, director of the BMCC’s Advocacy and Resource Center, which runs the food pantry.
“The struggle to balance grocery, transportation, and housing expenses in New York City can be tough, even for students who work, and no student should have to choose between paying for groceries and rent. I’m excited that Amazon Go and Amazon Fresh have joined BMCC in working to stop student hunger,” Harte said. “Our students work hard, and by removing food insecurity, we can help them be their best.”