Meals on Wheels pack food boxes for people in need during coronavirus outbreak

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Meals on Wheels of Rockland County are ramping up services during the coronavirus outbreak.

Meals on Wheels CEO Kevin Hardy says on Monday, they are increasing capacity by 25%.

Meals on Wheels is taking extra precautions and following stringent protocols to ensure those in need are receiving the essentials safely.
 
"We are providing bags for them. They can leave the bag on the door knob or on the handle, press the bell or ring the doorbell and stand back and wait to do a visual contact,” says Sharon Martini, the home-delivered meals director.
 
Blizzard boxes consist of a number of nonperishable items like cans and instant oatmeal. They also have handwritten cards to help lift spirits during this difficult time.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently signed an executive order waiving requirements for expanded in-home services for senior program like Meals on Wheels.
 

This widens the scope of people who can receive the help they're looking for at a time when many supermarket shelves are clean to the core.

"We're not limiting ourselves to just the seniors because there's a lot of people involved now with this so we're opening that up to anyone who might want to isolate from that we have the ability to deliver meals going forward,” says Hardy.

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