We are faced with a terrible decision this year: keep our loved ones safe or spend time together.
The result? Millions of our grandmothers and grandfathers will be setting their holiday table for one.
Keeping our distance will protect the most vulnerable from COVID-19; however, it also means more seniors are being left behind, alone and without access to enough healthy food.
Before the pandemic, nearly 9.7 million seniors were threatened by hunger in America. That number will only continue to grow.
Your support helps seniors like Jackie, 95 years old. She’s lived alone with Parkinson’s disease for more than four decades and is very thankful for her support system, which includes her neighbors and Meals on Wheels.
Even though her neighbors have had to stay away to follow COVID-19 safety measures, her local Meals on Wheels program never slowed down.
Now, Jackie doesn’t have to worry about getting the nutritious food she needs to stay healthy.
“The best part about Meals on Wheels is that I don’t have to cook or shop, I get the nutrition that I need, like vegetables. I would never cook vegetables on my own.”
During the pandemic – and all year long – Meals on Wheels is a bright spot for so many older adults, especially in a year when they don’t have their family and friends around.