(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 191,000 meals have been delivered to Camden County seniors.
In total, more than 3,500 individual seniors have received nutritious meals as they navigate the unprecedented crisis represented by coronavirus. From June 18 to June 24, the Division delivered more than 13,800 meals countywide. Over this same span, the Division delivered an average of 3,454 meals per day.
“This has been an unprecedented expansion of a program that served just a few hundred residents prior to March 18,” said Freeholder Jonathan Young. “Thankfully, we have begun to see growth in new participants slow significantly but rest assured that if you are in need of meal assistance, we are standing by to help you get through this crisis. This wouldn’t be possible without the men and women at the Department of Health, Parks, Buildings and Ops, and all the other county employees who have stepped up to make deliveries. I will continue to repeat our thanks to them long after this pandemic has ended. They have shown incredible dedication to the health and safety of the people of Camden County, and have directly impacted thousands of lives over the past four months.”
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.