Higbridge food pantry director to receive award

The director of a Highbridge food pantry is being recognized as one of the most committed to her job in New York City.



"I didn't come from privilege, but I really had no idea about the depths of what hunger meant to people on a food pantry line," Sultana Ocasio says.



Twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, a crowd gathers outside the Muslim Women's Institute for Research and Development, where Ocasio began volunteering in a soup kitchen. Four years later, she is the executive director of a pantry serving about 100 families each session.



The group Feeding America says that 18.7 percent of Bronx residents don't know where they'll get their next meal.



For Ocasio's efforts easing that burden, the Food Bank for New York City will bestow on her its Can-Do Award.



In addition to Tuesdays and Thursdays, the pantry is open on the first Saturday of every month.


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