FLUSHING – The Ohio Department of Aging has granted the Regional Agency on Aging Region 9 additional funding for a new short-term program to provide meals to seniors affected by the public health emergency COVID-19 in progress.
The Staying Healthy program engages regional aging agencies and local small business restaurants to deliver free meals to seniors in our communities.
“By investing in locally owned and operated restaurants, we can meet the increased demand from older adults who need support with meals as they continue to protect themselves from the virus,” he said. added. said Ursel J. McElroy, director of the Ohio Department of Aging. “We recognize the Regional Agency on Aging in Region 9 as a local leader who can bring several sectors together to protect vulnerable older people. “
“We will use this funding to engage with new community partners to serve our neighbors who need it most,” added Jim Endly, CEO / Chairman AAA9. “It’s a win-win-win. Our seniors, local businesses and their employees all ultimately benefit from this innovative approach. We are delighted to be working with Carpenter’s Pizzeria to launch our initiative.
Participating restaurants must have 50 or fewer employees, be able to produce meals that meet industry nutritional standards, and be able to deliver meals to participants, either directly or through community partners.
The regional agency on Aging in Region 9 will lead the program locally with a focus on serving older people with the greatest social and economic needs, such as those with low incomes, who live in rural areas, with high needs. severe disabilities, with limited ability to speak English, or with Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders.
Funding to stay healthy is provided by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.
For more information about the Staying Healthy program or any other service offered by the Regional Agency on Aging in Region 9, call 1-844-932-7277 and select option 7.