GREENSBURG – Starting August 28 and continuing on the fourth Wednesday of each month, a new program aimed at supplementing the nutritional needs of local seniors will begin.
Many area seniors visit the Meals for Better Senior Living Lunch Sites of Thrive Alliance, which currently serve a free-will donation hot lunch Monday through Friday for participants over the age of 60. Thrive Alliance is an organization that provides services to children and families, older adults, persons with disabilities, and adult and senior community centers. In addition to the hot meals served at the lunch sites once a day, five days a week, Thrive Alliance also delivers hot, nutritious meals to homebound older adults and disabled persons.
For many older adults, purchasing nutritious food on a fixed income has become a problem. They often do not have enough money to both pay all their housing costs and buy nutritious food to last the month until their next payment comes. The new program, which Meals for Better Senior Living sites will be participating in, seeks to leave no senior hungry.
“I feel like it’s one more thing we can offer to seniors of the community. We are happy to be able to provide one more avenue for seniors to get assistance with their food supply,” said David Clay, assistant with Meals for Better Senior Living.
The program, sponsored by Gleaner’s Food Bank, is called the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CFSP) and is for adults over the age of 60. In August, there will be a cap of 40 eligible people served, with all others being placed on a waiting list. If the need is strong enough, there will likely be as many food packages as needed to serve the elderly in the area in future months, according to Jerry Schwendenmann at the Greensburg Adult Center.