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For many individuals residing within the metropolis who don’t have vehicles accessible to them, it’s a problem to get to a grocery retailer. In response to the US Census, 14 % of working-age Hudson Valley residents didn’t have entry to a car in 2016. Though public transportation is offered 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 nicely. A number of Marist college students shared their ideas.

College students at Marist Faculty who aren’t everlasting residents of Poughkeepsie additionally discover it troublesome to get contemporary meals. Gianna Mastromatteo ‘21 and Kayla Shapiro ‘22, particularly, expressed the challenges of discovering wholesome choices with out a automotive on campus.

“There aren’t a number 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 along with upperclassmen.”

Shapiro agreed and stated, “When you don’t have a automotive, you actually can’t go grocery buying. The closet factor in strolling distance is Ceremony Assist, 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, typically I simply wish 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 needs to be alleviated with the upcoming Hudson Heritage renovation venture on Route 9, instantly throughout the road from the Faculty. The brand new, pedestrian-friendly improvement plan incorporates a full service grocery retailer as its first industrial occupant.