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Citymeals on Wheels doubles staff to feed seniors

Posted: 8:27 PM, Mar 13, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-13 20:27:14-04

NEW YORK — PIX11 got a behind the scenes look at the Emergency Meal Distribution Center on Drake Street in the Bronx.

“We are inside the city meals emergency meal distribution center. We bought this faculty a few years ago, specifically for holidays and emergency meals, things like this. We never anticipated the need right now,” said Executive Director Beth Shapiro.

Shapiro says they normally serve homebound seniors on Weekends and holidays but now it’s an emergency. Their mission now is helping feed seniors who are staying home during the corona virus crisis in New York City. Shapiro says 45,000 meals have already been delivered.

At least 100,000 are being prepared right now and will be delivered by Tuesday and Another 96,000 meal after that.

“We are the city’s emergency arm for feeding older New Yorkers during emergency. This puts Sandy to shame really and it will continue and I’m most proud of our work now,” said Shapiro.

Right now, Shapiro says any NYC senior who needs food and who is over the age of 60 can get a delivery. Just call 311 or go to their website and plug in your information at Citymeals.org.

They deliver to all all five boroughs Every box has three days of food, non perishables, which means you don’t have to cook it.