The Ulster County Office for the Aging expands senior meals

County Executive Ryan visits Gateway Hudson Valley in Kingston.

The next phase of Project Resilience will focus on supporting seniors through the expansion of temporary food assistance. The Ulster County Office for the Aging has an opportunity to feed over 1000 meals per week to seniors who had previously been on the waitlist due to a cap of state funding for senior meals. The Ulster County Office for the Aging has also received a donation to increase the number of meals that this program can deliver. Meal delivery for this program will run for at least twelve weeks.

“This additional funding, secured through Project Resilience, will allow us to feed our seniors who have been impacted by this pandemic,” said Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan.

“The Ulster County Office for Aging is honored and appreciative of two very generous donations earmarked for helping seniors,” Susan Koppenhaver, director of Office for the Aging, said. One was a grant from the Project Resilience fund at the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley for $120,000. The other was from anonymous donors who gave a New Paltz church a donation, with money set aside for seniors, in the amount of $50,000.

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The next phase of Project Resilience will focus on supporting seniors and young people, addressing growing food insecurity by supporting the network of local food banks and building support systems for Ulster County families living paycheck to paycheck

Launched in March, Project Resilience started as a community fund and local food distribution efforts established to support residents impacted by Covid-19. Within 24 hours of its inception, County Executive Ryan secured over two million dollars in funding and announced partnerships with municipal governments, local businesses and not-for-profits. Since launching, Project Resilience has provided nearly 300,000 meals while supporting over 100 small businesses

Donations are accepted through United Way. For more information, visit https://covid19.ulstercountyny.gov/project-resilience/.