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Senator Corrado calls on Gov. Murphy to continue funding for ‘meals on wheels’ breakfast program for seniors

Some Breakfast Delivery Programs Set to Expire on October 15

NEW JERSEY – Senator Kristin Corrado called on Governor Phil Murphy to dedicate federal relief funds at his disposal to maintain “Meals on Wheels” breakfast deliveries to vulnerable seniors that will end this week.

“We’ve heard from seniors in Passaic County who were notified that their Meals on Wheels breakfast deliveries will stop on October 15 because CARES Act funding has run out,” Corrado (R-40) said. “These food deliveries have been critically important to low-income, high-risk seniors who have avoided crowded places like grocery stores since the start of the pandemic. We’re calling on Governor Murphy to continue funding these Meals on Wheels services that are set to expire with a tiny portion of the $6 billion in federal relief funds he has yet to spend.”

The Murphy administration received $6.2 billion in federal pandemic relief funds through the American Rescue Plan Act in May. According to a recent analysis by the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services, more than $6 billion of those funds remained unspent at the end of September, Corrado said.

While Governor Murphy has been sitting on billions of dollars of “relief funds” that have yet to provide any relief, New Jersey seniors have been hit by the triple whammy of surging grocery prices, rising property taxes, and higher utility bills, Corrado said.

“Even without the threat of COVID-19, many of our seniors might not be able to afford their groceries even if they could make it to the store,” Corrado said. “Governor Murphy should do the right thing for New Jersey’s seniors and continue funding the Meals on Wheels programs that are set to expire. Pandemic relief funds should be used to help people, not left collecting dust in the bank.”

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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