Isaacs Center COVID-19 Response Ongoing

September 10, 2020

Gregory Morris

President & Executive Director

We hope you and your loved ones are safe and in good health.

The COVID-19 crisis in New York City wreaked havoc from mid-March through June of this year. Its effects deepened the needs of many in our community, exposed more New Yorkers to food insecurity and other challenges, and re-defined the ways in which we could safely deliver our services.

Isaacs Center staff and volunteers developed creative ways to sustain our clients. We greatly increased meal and pantry provisions, maintained contact with seniors and other vulnerable neighbors via thousands of phone check-ins, provided virtual activities and online education support to the children and seniors, and employed young adults to help prepare much-needed meals in our Community Kitchen.

The presence of the pandemic in our city has abated but the crisis isn’t over. We are committed to continuing our life-sustaining work. You can help:


Make a contribution today.


Volunteer Opportunities are available every Monday-Thursday at the Center, as follows:

Meal packing
This opportunity begins at 7 am and ends at 9 am.
You will assist the kitchen team with packing meals for delivery.
No sleeveless or open toe shoes.

Meal delivery
This opportunity begins at 9:45 am and ends at 1 pm (or earlier).
You will deliver meals to our homebound seniors.
Delivery is made within 10 blocks of our site (93rd and 1st avenue).

Cold packs
This opportunity begins at 10 am and ends at 1 pm.
You will assist the kitchen team with packing cold packs (juice, milk, fruit, bread etc.).


Need Meals? 

To receive Meals on Wheels, please 212-360-7620 x158 and leave your name, address, and phone number.

If you are an older adult and worried about food security, please contact 212-360-7620 x114.

For city information, dial 311.

Isaacs Center’s COVID-19 Response in the News: 

What will be the fate of NYC’s free Grab & Go meals?

Older New Yorkers Sweat It Out, Waiting for Promised Air-Conditioners

‘I’m Really Isolated Now’: When Elders Have to Fight Coronavirus Alone

City Food Delivery Changes Could Be Leaving Many Seniors Hungry

Deadline Hard to Swallow as NYC Asks Meals-on-Wheels Groups to Expand Menu

Vulnerable New Yorkers hit hardest by COVID-19 – and heat waves

Stuck At Home, Some Elderly NYers Are Struggling To Get Food During Coronavirus PAUSE

City Falling Short on Promise to Feed All Seniors in Need, Non-Profit Says

Senior Citizen Had to Survive on Cat Food Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Ancianos padecen el calor por no tener aire acondicionado

40 Suggestions to Help Especially Vulnerable Seniors During Coronavirus Crisis: Report

Human Services Workers are Essential Workers: It’s Time for the City to Treat Us That Way

Senior Services Start to Feel the Pain of City’s Budget Cut

From Bad to Worse: NYCHA resident details “unlivable conditions” during the pandemic

Volunteers Deliver Meals To UES Public Housing Senior Center

50,000 Face Masks Distributed To Manhattan Nursing Homes

Meet the People Who Bring Food and Comfort to NYC’s Homebound, Food-Insecure Seniors

We are grateful to our Community Partners

New York Cares

City Meals on Wheels

NY Common Pantry

Project Isaiah

Gate Gourmet

and many others! 

And a Big Thank You to our Financial Partners in COVID-19 Response

New York Community Trust

The Lawrence Foundation

Stavros Niarchos Foundation

The Tiger Foundation

Robin Hood Foundation

Barker Welfare Foundation

Florence V. Burden Foundation

The G & A Foundation

Slate Path Capital & the Great Foundation


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