NYC delivers nearly 6 million meals to hungry amid outbreak


NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Three days after announcing a $170 million plan to ensure New York City residents have enough food amid job losses and stay-at-home orders, officials said the program is stepping up.

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The city delivered nearly 6 million free meals to needy people between March 16 and Friday night, up from 4.5 million meals as of Wednesday’s announcement, according to newly appointed food czar Kathryn Garcia. She’s also the city’s sanitation commissioner.

“We will not let any New Yorker go hungry,” Mayor de Blasio vowed Saturday as he, Garcia and other officials visited a Bronx armory now serving as a food distribution center.

Taxi and livery drivers — whose work has largely stalled as New Yorkers stay home — have been engaged to deliver the meals to senior citizens and disabled people.

The city also is handing out 250,000 free meals a day at schools to anyone who needs them.

Even before the crisis, 1.2 million city residents struggled at times to feed themselves.

The number of coronavirus cases in the city reached 126,368 Saturday.

The number of deaths was 12,712, with 8,448 confirmed deaths and 4,264 probable deaths.

Here's the breakdown of cases by borough:

  • Bronx: 28,016
  • Brooklyn: 33,729
  • Manhattan: 16,404
  • Queens: 38,733
  • Staten Island: 9,414

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