BX seniors unhappy with proposal to restructure Meals on Wheels program

The commissioner of the Department of Aging says Meals on Wheels needs to be revamped.

At a hearing on Tuesday, the commissioner spoke before the City Council's Aging Committee and Bronx seniors about how the program has been stretched to the limit. The commissioner says the department needs to feed more people despite the fact there will be no additional funding.

The Department of Aging bases its need to restructure Meals on Wheels on census data that shows over the last three decades the number of New Yorkers over the age of 85 has more than doubled.

Under the new proposal, three providers will deliver food to seniors instead of 18. There will be a mix of hot and frozen meals and a minimum of 60 percent of the meals will be pre-packaged.

Seniors say they are not buying the proposal. One senior was unhappy that frozen meals would be given out, instead of hot meals.

The new Meals on Wheels plan will begin on July 1 and run for a year. If the city deems it a success it can be renewed for up to six more years.

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