(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 246,000 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 July 1 to July 20, the Division delivered nearly 42,600 meals countywide. Over this same span, the Division delivered an average of 3,553 meals per day.
“For the past four months we have been delivering meals to thousands of seniors around the county to ensure that no one goes hungry because of this crisis, and to minimize the amount that vulnerable members of our community have to leave their homes,” said Freeholder Jonathan Young. “To date, we have distributed nearly 250,000 meals, and we are continuing to deliver more than 3,000 meals every day.”
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.
“This entire operation wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible employees at the Department of Health, Parks, Buildings and Ops, and all the other county employees who have stepped up to make deliveries,” Young said. “These men and women have selflessly worked for more than four months to ensure that their neighbors don’t go hungry. We are incredibly fortunate to have such dedicated public servants in our community.”
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.