In recent days we have
been made aware of a large number of seniors in desperate need of food.
As more and more local stores and delis shut down, seniors have to
travel further and further to find a grocery store, and even when one is
open, there is a long line waiting outside. My husband runs a food
pantry in Queens, and in normal (non-covid) times, only opens once a
month. His pantry is on the 311 Emergency Food Provider list for our
area (Elmhurst), and this past week he has been inundated with calls
from agencies/social workers trying to find help for their clients, as
well as desperate ppl calling for themselves because they have nowhere
else to turn. Today my husband walked a shopping cart full of food to a
94-yr-old homebound lady 30 blocks away. My question, what is the city
doing to try to help people in need of food, especially vulnerable
seniors? At this point, Senior Services workers are calling volunteer
once-monthly food pantries looking for help. Attached is a photo from
311’s web site. Should the seniors start waiting outside public school
cafeterias for their pb&j or cheese sandwich?
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