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Legislation passes for plan to reduce food insecurity, fund equipment for virtual learning

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Posted at 7:30 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 19:30:26-04

BALTIMORE — On Monday night, the Baltimore City Council unanimously approved an emergency piece of legislation that establishes the permanent governance structure for Mayor Jack Young's Children & Youth Fund.

This provides immediate funding to support the city's plan to reduce food insecurity, and fund computer equipment and provide Internet access to children attending Baltimore City Public Schools.

“My emergency legislation allows us to fund computer equipment, and other technological needs for students, who are learning virtually, due to the health crisis, while also creating the flexibility to direct additional resources to my administration’s aggressive food access strategy," Mayor Young said. "Today’s vote, both moves us forward in closing the digital divide impacting our students, and ensures that no child goes hungry during this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. I’d like to thank Councilman Zeke Cohen (District 1), who introduced the legislation on my behalf, Council President Brandon Scott, for working closely with my administration to fast-track this legislation, and members of the City Council for their partnership.”

The fund responds to the escalating need for food since the city launched its emergency meal distribution effort in mid-March.