JERSEY CITY, NJ - City officials approved a $55,000 contract to continue providing meals to senior citizens impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis.

According to Stacey Flanagan, the director of the Jersey City Health Department, more than 20,000 Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) have been distributed since early March, including through the Meals on Wheels program and Angela Cares, a non-profit founded by Assemblywoman Angela McKnight that has itself distributed thousands of meals to senior citizens in need.

“We sent out MREs to those in the Meals on Wheels program i ncase they couldn’t get enough to distribute,” Flanagan said.

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The meals, which do not have to be refrigerated, have typically included fresh fruit and cookies as well an entree that can be eaten at room temperature or microwaved.

Flanagan said that she expects that the cost of the meals will be reimbursed by federal funds through the CARES Act.

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