Back-to-Back Storms Strain Citymeals Program

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The quick secession of snowstorms has put a strain on emergency food reserves at the non-profit Citymeals on Wheels program.

Executive Director Marcia Stein said that during extreme weather, they make sure clients receive an extra delivery of non-perishable food, just in case.

"When there is a snowstorm and the trucks cannot get through, or they get delayed, these folks have nothing to eat, so we want to make sure there is always a back-up supply on their shelves."

Stein said the stock of emergency food is nearly depleted at the Citymeals warehouse because of the back-to-back snowstorms and last summer's heat wave.

"We could do one more city-wide delivery. We were planning to do that city-wide delivery in the middle of February, but it looks like we're going to get more snow next week.โ€

The city funds deliveries of meals during the week, but Citymeals emergency food program is paid for solely through private donations.

Stein said re-stocking the warehouse with non-perishable items for another complete delivery would cost about $200,000.