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COLLABORATIVE NEW PROGRAM LAUNCHED TO SERVE SENIORS DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

By May 8, 2020 No Comments

Meals On Wheels of Tarrant County has teamed up with United Way of Tarrant County and the Area Agency on Aging of Tarrant County, Tarrant County, Tarrant Area Food Bank, and Catholic Charities Fort Worth to provide food to Tarrant County senior citizens during the COVID-19 crisis. The program launched April 14, 2020.

These organizations have teamed up to address food insecurity among this vulnerable population during this difficult time. Individuals age 60+ and a spouse who do not have enough food to eat during the COVID-19 outbreak or who are experiencing a reduced level of nutritional support from families and friends may receive supplemental food through this new program. Program participants receive a weekly home delivery of five frozen meals (per person) from Meals On Wheels of Tarrant County and a 10-lb. box of senior-friendly canned goods and fresh produce from Tarrant Area Food Bank. All items will be delivered by Catholic Charities Fort Worth. Funding for the program is provided by United Way of Tarrant County’s Area Agency on Aging.

“So many of our elderly friends and neighbors are in need as a result of COVID-19, and the need continues to grow very rapidly as the stay-at-home mandate remains,” said Leah King, President and CEO of United Way of Tarrant County. “We are grateful for our longstanding partnership with Meals On Wheels and the other organizations involved, and applaud their efforts to ensure our elderly population receives nutritional meals during this time.”

“We are proud to be part of this unprecedented partnership that will allow us to significantly expand meal production and delivery of food,” said Don Smith, director of the Area Agency on Aging. “This will ensure that all older adults in Tarrant County who do not have a reliable source of nutrition get enough meals or groceries to sustain them through the COVID-19 pandemic.”

United Way of Tarrant County has worked to improve the lives of those in our communities since 1922. As a nonprofit leader, we bring together individuals, groups, donors and service providers to help solve some of the toughest social issues affecting Tarrant County. Each year, United Way of Tarrant County helps more than 300,000 people through its resources. United Way of Tarrant County has no fees on donor designations, with 100 percent of the donation going to the selected agency or cause.

United Way of Tarrant County’s Area Agency on Aging has a long history of helping older adults, people with disabilities and their caregivers in Tarrant County. As part of a network of 629 Area Agencies nationwide and one of 28 in the state of Texas, we are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for our Tarrant County community and empowering people to thrive independently by creating and implementing innovative, exemplary services; advocating for individuals and families and connecting them to resources that focus on healthy living; and establishing and maintaining support and partnerships for our communities.

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