Pandemic Sparks Surge in Demand for Senior Meal Deliveries

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JOSEPHINE PASTORE HAS lived in Yonkers, a city of about 200,000 people between New York City and the rest of the Hudson Valley, for 66 years. And up until a few weeks ago, Pastore says she was often out of the house, with weekly church meetings and other social plans.

“I’m the type that always went out in all kinds of weather, even if I am 90 years old,” Pastore says.

Now that Pastore – and millions of other Americans – are under guidance to stay at home due to the coronavirus, it’s become impossible to keep her independence. Pastore’s medications are delivered, but she says grocery store deliveries are often booked up weeks in advance. And because she’s older and at higher risk of complications if she does get sick with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, her family doesn’t want her leaving the house.

To meet the needs of residents like Pastore, Westchester County, which includes Yonkers, is rapidly expanding its meal delivery services for seniors. About 5,000 seniors are receiving one or two meals every day through initiatives overseen by the county – up from about 1,600 before the virus struck, according to Mae Carpenter, who has led the county’s Department of Senior Programs and Services since 2001.

Full article at US News

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