Felicia Archer stands in front of table of eggs at the food pantry

Hostos student Felicia Archer is lending a helping hand to New Yorkers experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 crisis.
Archer is currently an intern at Bronx Bethany Community Corporation's food pantry on 227th Street, where she prepares bags of food for distribution. She connected with the organization in July through her participation in Hostos’ CUNY EDGE program and interns with them two to three days a week. "I like it. We help people give free food to those in need," she said, adding the pantry offers a variety of food including rice, beans, vegetables, juice, pasta, and more.
Archer, who has her food handlers certificate from the New York City Department of Health, considers herself "lucky to have this internship, especially during the coronavirus pandemic."
Described by her CUNY EDGE advisor, Magdalena Diaz, as a "very bright and very responsible young lady" with a positive attitude and outlook, Archer is motivated to give back in what ways she can and proud of the work she does at the pantry. And although she has not experienced food insecurity first-hand, she knows people who have and understands how invaluable community resources like food pantries are for those in need. "It's a good opportunity or choice if you don't have money for food or anyone there to support you," she said. "Go to the food pantry."
Moreover, Archer encourages her fellow Caimans to make the most of the various resources and academic support programs offered at the College. In addition to gaining a fulfilling internship through CUNY EDGE, she receives tutoring and academic support through Hostos' College Discovery program. "They're really helpful and guide you through," she said of both programs.