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Foreign ski workers stranded by virus get helping hand

Jay Peak Resort is delivering groceries and providing housing to stranded foreign ski workers.
Credit: Melissa Sheffer/Jay Peak Resort via AP
In this Monday, April 13, 2020 photo provided by Jay Peak Resort, Antonella Atto, left, from Peru, receives a week's supply of food from David Marchand, resort ski patrol director, in Jay, Vt. She is among hundreds of college students from South America working at U.S. ski resorts during what was their college summer break, who are unable to return home because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

MARSHFIELD, Vt. — U.S. ski areas employ thousands of international college students each year to fill seasonal jobs during what is their summer break.

Many of them made it home before travel restrictions were imposed amid the coronavirus outbreak but some weren't so lucky.

Now about 1,500 from Latin America are still here, with some stranded at various resorts. In Vermont, about 23 foreign workers mostly from Peru are stranded at Jay Peak Resort.

While they wait to get home, the resort is delivering them weekly groceries and providing them housing in condos for free and working to get them on last-minute flights home.

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