CAMDEN, NJ — Camden County announced it is working to offer additional services to seniors — the most vulnerable population to COVID-19 — including home-delivery meals.
The Camden County Nutrition Program guarantees seven meals sent once per week. Drop-offs depend on town.
“If you are a senior and you cannot get to the store, if you cannot cook for yourself, whatever the reason, we will make arrangements to make sure that you have nutritious meals throughout this crisis,” said Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Division of Senior and Disabled Services.
The Camden County Division of Senior and Disabled Services said it is, "prepared to ensure that no senior goes hungry during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic."
Officials said gift cards that can be used to buy shelf stable meals at Ravitz supermarkets have also been provided courtesy of Jason Ravitz of Ravitz Family Markets.
“The Freeholder Board is so grateful for the remarkable generosity of the Ravitz family and their commitment to community during this unprecedented moment in history," Rodriguez said. "We are going to get through this crisis if we work together.”
If you or a loved one would like to set up arrangements, call the Division at (856) 374-MEAL.
Camden County also said it ensuring that all seniors or disabled county residents receive assistance if needed.
“Staff will on Hans seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. and 10 p.m.
"We have a team of volunteers on standby to make home deliveries, pick up supplies, and get you where you need to go,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli. “We have received a torrent of calls in recent days from healthy residents looking for ways to volunteer and support their vulnerable neighbors. We are being extremely mindful of social distancing guidelines as we move forward, but our community’s desire to care for one another has been truly awe-inspiring.”
Senior and disabled residents, as well as neighbors and family of those in need, can call (856) 858-3220. Healthy residents can volunteer by calling (856) 374-6396, and volunteer medical personnel can call (856) 374-6141.