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Harsh winter weather presents many challenges for our older neighbors. But for New York City’s most vulnerable population – the homebound elderly – these conditions are especially dangerous. Snow and ice trap the frail aged inside their homes, making them especially vulnerable to hunger and isolation. Many spend the entire season behind closed doors.
That’s why our warehouse buzzes with activity every fall as workers assemble Emergency Food Packages (EFPs) for our meal recipients. Each EFP contains the equivalent of four shelf-stable meals, including staples like tuna, organic brown rice, applesauce, oatmeal, and vegetables – as well as special treats like hot chocolate and low-sugar cookies.
EFPs are a lifeline for our isolated older neighbors during the winter months. The shelf-stable meals we provide fill their kitchen cabinets, acting as insurance when regular meal deliveries are delayed.
See coverage on NY1 about Citymeals’ efforts to prepare our meal recipients for an uncertain winter amidst the threat of Covid-19.
see a video of our warehouse staff Preparing Emergency Food Packages
In 2020, Citymeals provided 77,568 shelf-stable meals in advance of the winter.