Mayor Adams defends pilot to fund migrant meals with prepaid debit cards after uproar from 50 Cent

Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday defended his new pilot program to give migrant families prepaid debit cards for purchasing food after the rapper 50 Cent blasted the move over the weekend.

The $53 million pilot program will see 500 migrant families staying in city-funded hotel shelters given prepaid debit cards with funds to purchase food and baby supplies upon their arrival at the Roosevelt Hotel intake center, according to City Hall. It will replace meal kits distributed to those families at their shelters.