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Bergen Freeholders Expand Contract With Pascack Valley Meals On Wheels

Bergen County recently increased its Meals On Wheels funding for disabled residents in the county.
Bergen County recently increased its Meals On Wheels funding for disabled residents in the county. Video Credit: NFPProductions YouTube

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- The Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders agreed to an enlarged contract with Pascack Valley Meals on Wheels on Tuesday, May 3.

The program provides meals to Northern Bergen County residents with disabilities who are younger than 60. The Board agreed on a contract amount of $14,000, which is an increase of $3,000 over 2015, and a $6,000 increase over 2014. The increase reflects both an increased number of meals served, as well as an increase in food costs.

In 2014, 1,721 meals were served, and in 2015, it was 2,363. In 2016, the group aims to serve at least 2,900 meals to its clients in 30 towns, mostly in the Pascack and Northern valleys.

"We know that we have residents in all 70 towns in Bergen County that may have a need for this service," said Freeholder Tom Sullivan.

"While Bergen County supports a robust Meals on Wheels program county-wide, serving over 380,000 meals in 2015 to both seniors and disabled residents, as a resident of Montvale I'm glad to be part of expanding our long-established partnership with Pascack Valley Meals on Wheels to ensure people with disabilities in the Northern and Pascack valleys have access to adequate nutrition."

Bergen County's Division on Disability Services provides Meals on Wheels service to adults under the age of 60 with temporary or permanent disabilities. In-home assessment is required to participate, and cases are reviewed based on living conditions, access to food, and access to and ability to use cooking facilities.

Clients can also be referred by discharge plans, mental health or other medical referrals, or other programs in Human Services. Residents who are interested in the program are encouraged to contact Disability Services Director Jim Thebery, at 201-336-6500, dkotkin@co.bergen.nj.us or at One Bergen County Plaza, Second Floor, Hackensack.

The source of funding for the contract, which is administered by the Department of Human Services Division on Disability Services, is half from state peer-grouping funding and half from a county match.

For more information about Pascack Valley Meals on Wheels, visit its website.

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