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August 30, 2012

After its initial launch in March 2011, Citymeals expanded its Mobile Food Pantry service to include Flushing and Cambria Heights, two Queens neighborhoods that are most in need. The expansion, which helps bring food to approximately 110 clients, was made possible by a generous grant from EmblemHealth.

The Mobile Food Pantry delivers supplemental shelf-stable food such as pasta, canned vegetables, rice, cereal, canned stews, and soup to food-insecure Citymeals recipients who are vulnerable to hunger and malnutrition. Citymeals Executive Director, Beth Shapiro, said, “Food insecurity – not knowing where your next meal will come from – is a problem that haunts many Citymeals recipients who are too poor and frail to shop and cook for themselves. The new funding from EmblemHealth, coupled with original support from New York Community Trust, Alcoa Foundation and the New York Times Neediest Cases, will help us tackle this serious problem among our most vulnerable recipients. We are deeply grateful for their generosity.”