NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Citymeals-on-Wheels is providing emergency food relief for Harlem residents who live in buildings with no gas service.

The organization was delivering 2,100 shelf-stable meals on Wednesday for residents, including the elderly and children.

“Take-out is not an option for many whether because of economic reasons or health concerns,” Rachel Sherrow, Director of Programs and Community Affairs at Citymeals on Wheels, told 1010 WINS. “Getting our boxes out is incredibly important for those who need food and need it right away and need to be able to prepare it without having to heat it up.”

Items include tuna fish, crackers, mayonnaise, organic apple sauce, brown rice, instant coffee, powdered milk and juice.

It’s been estimated residents could be without gas service for up to six weeks following a water main break in Hamilton Heights last Friday.

According to Con Edison, Friday’s water main break has left over 7,000 customers without gas and many without comforts often taken for granted.

Citymeals says it expects to do several more deliveries to the area if the hardship continues.

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