March 17, 2020

BALTIMORE (WBFF) — During the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important to remember our seniors. Many who are now relying on home delivered meals to avoid exposure to the virus.

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland partners with Baltimore City’s Aging Services to make it happen.

“We’ve had an increased demand for bulk frozen meals, we’ve started to get more calls for people who are choosing to self isolate and wouldn’t normally be home bound,” said Stephanie Archer-Smith, Executive Director with Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland.

Typically, drivers deliver up to 6,000 meals a day. But on Monday, an additional 2,000 meals went out.

“We are enlisting extra help and in fact we had a full day on Saturday, we typically don’t operate on Saturday just so we can keep up with the demand for the additional frozen meals,” said Archer-Smith.

A spokesman for the Mayor’s Office says there are in-person location for seniors to pick up meals.

However, numbers are low as many are opting to stay home amid fears of the coronavirus.

“Your nutrition is so important for your health but isolation also has a significant impact on your health,” said Archer-Smith.

For a full map of COVID-19 meal distribution sites in Baltimore City, click here. Senior Centers are marked in purple.

To learn more about Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland and their COVID-19 response, click here.

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