New Meals on Wheels pilot program start date has been delayed

The new frozen food Meals on Wheels pilot program, that was set to begin July 1, has been delayed to begin October 1. Officials say this is a short-term victory for Bronx seniors.

A spokesperson for the Department for the Aging says that the months of extra hearings on the new program have delayed the entire process. The new pilot program will replace daily hot meal deliveries to seniors with less frequent frozen food deliveries.

The new contractors delivering the meals publicly admitted they accepted a lower amount of money the city would pay to do the job, even though the costs were higher. Officials say the Department for the Aging have put in new requirements to make sure the meals get out.

The city has required contractors to take out bonds that would pay for new contractors to come in if they can not fulfill their obligations. City officials say the new requirement is to make sure the contractors meet the terms and costs of their contracts.

For now, seniors will continue to receive hot meals.

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