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Food for Though
Photo of volunteer delivering a nourishing meal to a homebound elderly New Yorker.

Looking Ahead to Winter

If the Coronavirus pandemic has taught us anything, it’s just how painful isolation can be. And for our homebound elderly neighbors in New York City that Citymeals serves, isolation isn’t just part of the pandemic – it’s a fact of life all year round.

The threat of a frigid winter and the fear of an ongoing pandemic are a double concern for the vulnerable isolated. Here at Citymeals, we’re doing everything we can to prepare for the coming months. At our warehouse, we have six months of shelf-stable food on hand and staff has been working overtime to prepare Emergency Food Packages. Each one contains the equivalent of four shelf-stable meals, including items like tuna, organic brown rice, applesauce, oatmeal, and vegetables – as well as special treats like low-sugar cookies.

This fall, our staff deliverers and volunteers have been delivering these boxes to over 20,000 meal recipients across the five boroughs, to stock their shelves in case a storm or blizzard disrupts our regular meal deliveries. Many of our meal recipients relied on senior centers that are now closed due to Covid-19. Some have chronic illnesses and can’t risk trips outdoors to the grocery stores, but these boxes will ensure they have sufficient food on hand in case of an emergency. 

Food For Thought