Commissioner says despite rising cost of kosher meals, reports of rationing are untrue.
Assistant Managing Editor
The commissioner of the city’s Department for the Aging has disputed a report that elderly recipients of Meals On Wheels have been asked to prove they are Orthodox to qualify for the more expensive kosher food.
“No rules have changed, no funding has changed. I have no idea what created this rumor,” said Lilliam Barrios-Paoli. “There should be no extra hoops that people have to go through.”
City and state budget cuts will slash deep into programs run by the Jewish social service network, including 10 senior centers under Jewish auspices that are slated to close at the end of June.
Overall, UJA-Federation agencies are struggling with an estimated $100 million shortfall in projected income due to the recession in what one official called the worst crisis in nearly a quarter century.