CCNY Receives West Harlem Development Grant For Holiday Food Initiatives

The Foundation for City College/ Benny’s Food Pantry has received a $16,000 grant to immediately support City College efforts in combating food insecurity for the CCNY community and the West Harlem neighborhood.

The West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC) released Special COVID-19 Impact Grants to fund MCD9-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. The intent of the grants is to assist recipients with projects to address specific issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic in West Harlem.

WHDC’s grants address the following priority areas: Direct Health & Human Services, Workforce Services, Economic Development Services, Housing Services, and Education Services.

The CCNY monies will be used for Benny’s Food Pantry, students in The Towers residence hall, as well several senior citizen homes, a church, and CCNY community partner Living Redemption Youth Opportunity Hub (LRYOH).

Each of these centers will receive food deliveries for Thanksgiving, and another delivery for the upcoming holidays around Christmas. Benny’s Food Pantry is a campus resource open to anyone in the City University of New York community — student, staff or faculty at a college within the CUNY system — to visit whenever they or those they care for are in need.

A total of 700 meals will be served. Personal Touch food service brought 100 meals to the CCNY Towers early Thanksgiving week. Cafe One, a Harlem café and CCNY neighbor, will deliver 600 meals to Greater Harlem Baptist Church, Living Redemption, PSS Manhattanville, and Wilson Major Morris Community Center.

West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC) was born from the need to implement the deliverables and expectations of the May 18, 2009 Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) between Columbia University and West Harlem Local Development Corporation. WHDC functions with the vision of building collaborations and leveraging resources to enhance the lives of the residents of West Harlem beyond the term of the CBA.


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