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For many individuals dwelling within the metropolis who don’t have vehicles accessible to them, it’s a problem to get to a grocery retailer. In keeping with the US Census, 14 % of working-age Hudson Valley residents didn’t have entry to a car in 2016. Though public transportation is accessible in Poughkeepsie, it may be time-consuming and costly for residents to make use of incessantly.

The issue extends to the City of Poughkeepsie, as properly. A number of Marist college students shared their ideas.

College students at Marist Faculty who should not everlasting residents of Poughkeepsie additionally discover it troublesome to get contemporary meals. Gianna Mastromatteo ‘21 and Kayla Shapiro ‘22, specifically, expressed the challenges of discovering wholesome choices and not using a automotive on campus.

“There should not lots of choices for fast and wholesome meals,” stated Mastromatteo. “The closet meals place in strolling distance is McDonalds. It was arduous to get to a grocery retailer earlier than I had a automotive on campus — I needed to go together with upperclassmen.”

Shapiro agreed and stated, “Should you don’t have a automotive, you actually can’t go grocery procuring. The closet factor in strolling distance is Ceremony Support, however that is not even an actual grocery retailer.”

Meghan Davis ‘23 additionally had an opinion concerning the location of the closest grocery retailer in proximity to Marist, which is Cease and Store.

“Since I’ve to stroll all over the place, I must stroll on Route 9, and I can’t do this,” Davis stated. “I can solely eat the cafeteria meals [for] so lengthy, generally I simply need to make my very own meals. If there have been extra grocery shops close to college, I may purchase contemporary greens and fruit for myself.”

The issue on the Marist campus must be alleviated with the upcoming Hudson Heritage renovation undertaking on Route 9, straight throughout the road from the Faculty. The brand new, pedestrian-friendly improvement plan encompasses a full service grocery retailer as its first industrial occupant.