160,500 Meals Delivered to Seniors During COVID-19

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(Gloucester Township, NJ) – Since the Camden County Division of Senior and Disabled Services expanded its meal delivery program in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on March 18, more than 160,500 meals have been delivered to Camden County seniors.

In total, more than 3,000 individual seniors have received nutritious meals as they navigate the unprecedented crisis represented by coronavirus. From June 4 to June 10, the Division delivered more than 18,000 meals countywide. Over this same span, the Division delivered an average of 3,672 meals per day.

“There are going to be long-term ramifications of this pandemic and the public health actions that were necessary to prevent an unconscionable loss of life. The Freeholder Board and the Department of Health are determined to not let a hunger crisis become one of those ramifications,” said Freeholder Jonathan Young. “Three months into this crisis, we are still encouraging residents to contact us if they need nutritional assistance. The men and women at the Department of Health, Parks, Buildings and Ops, and all the other county employees who have stepped up are continuing to make these deliveries and to ensure the health and wellbeing of our residents. We owe them a debt of gratitude for their incredible public service during this unprecedented time.”

Meals have been delivered to seniors in 36 municipalities. More individual clients (558) were served on May 4 than any other day since the expansion of the program. More deliveries were made on May 22 (4,950) than any other day.

The Division of Senior and Disabled Services is continuing to deliver meals to new program participants. If you or a senior you know needs meal assistance, please call (856) 374-MEAL or (856) 858-3220 to make arrangements.