City Harvest partners with students from P226M to combat food insecurity and celebrate World Autism Awareness Day

Combatting Hunger and Building Skills: P226M and City Harvest Partner on World Autism Awareness Day

P226M, a transition program for students aged 18-22 with diverse learning abilities from across the city, joined forces with City Harvest in Sunset Park this morning to mark World Autism Awareness Day and address food insecurity.

As part of the yearly initiative, City Harvest hosts these students who pack fresh produce to donate to food pantries and individuals in need across New York. Through this program, students learn valuable skills such as self-advocacy, counting, seeking assistance, and social interaction.

Sarah Aiken, a special education teacher at P226M, spoke about the event’s dual purpose. “The partnership between P226M and City Harvest serves not only to combat hunger but also to provide our students with essential life skills,” she said. Olivia McMahon, senior manager of volunteer programs at City Harvest expressed her enthusiasm about partnering with different communities on special occasions like World Autism Awareness Day. “We believe that by working together we can make a positive impact on the lives of those in need.”

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