By Deirdre Appel
While COVID-19 is upending all facets of life and leaving no part of the city’s population unaffected, senior citizens are particularly vulnerable. More than 1.1 million adults over 65, about 13 percent of the total population, reside in New York City. In addition to this demographic being at high-risk for contracting the virus, Feeding America notes that an estimated 183,290 seniors live in food insecure households in NYC, leading them to face additional difficulties in accessing their meals.
Below is an initial list of resources to help keep our senior citizens fed during the COVID-19 pandemic, including senior centers offering lunches, meal delivery services, and grocery stores offering “Seniors Only” shopping hours. For more details and information specific to your neighborhood, please refer to this page. The Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center is updating this page regularly with new neighborhoods.
If you or someone you know has additional questions or is facing hunger or food insecurity, please contact us at [email protected] or call the following organizations:
Meals for Seniors at Senior Centers (60-years-old and above)
Senior centers are closed throughout NYC, but are still offering Grab & Go LUNCHES ONLY Monday through Friday, 11:00am – 1:00pm. Seniors should bring ID, but will not be turned away if they do not have it. Aides are eligible to pick up meals on behalf of the seniors but should communicate with the center ahead of time.
To find a senior center in your neighborhood, please visit here.
Before visiting your local center, we recommend calling to ask about:
Special Supermarket Shopping Hours for Seniors Only
Nonprofit Delivery Services
If you know of any changes or updates to the above information, please email [email protected] right away. Thank you!