Safety-Net Service Will Benefit Menlo Park-Belle Haven and East Palo Alto Seniors
June 30, 2016 – Menlo Park, CA Peninsula Volunteers is pleased to continue its collaborative efforts with Facebook to assist seniors in Belle Haven and East Palo Alto, in this case seniors who are not able to cook or shop for themselves and wish to remain in their own homes. PVI Meals on Wheels will increase food security and increase access to nutritious food by delivering hot, nutritious meals to program participants 252 days per year, with additional meals provided for holidays and weekends. The program will increase the Menlo Park-Bell Haven and East Palo Alto seniors’ knowledge and literacy about nutrition through bi-monthly nutrition education to meal participants on topics related to healthy diet and its impact on health. Additionally, participants will receive a daily safety and wellness check during the meal delivery. Staff and volunteer delivery personnel are trained to be alert to changing or immediate critical safety needs, increasing the quality of life for these older adults.
Meals on Wheels makes it possible for older residents to remain in their own homes for as long as it is safely possible, even when they need some assistance to do so. PVI Meals on Wheels has been delivering meals to residents of south San Mateo County since 1978, and recently has expanded service to include central county as far north as San Bruno. PVI Meals on Wheels is partly funded through San Mateo County Aging and Adult Services with funds from the Older Americans Act. Fundraising and grants such as the Facebook Local Community Fund Grant are needed to help subsidize over half of the program’s expenses. Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. is grateful to Facebook and the Philanthropic Ventures Foundation for making this grant possible.
About Peninsula Volunteers, Inc.
For almost 70 years, PVI has created and provided high quality and nurturing programs for the aging on the Peninsula. PVI provides programs, support and guidance for seniors in the community to allow them to pursue long and useful lives. As life expectancy lengthens, communities need to embrace both opportunities and challenges to help aging adults maintain their dignity, independence, and sense of usefulness. PVI provides innovative services including senior affordable housing, Meals on Wheels, Rosener House Adult Day Services, and Little House, the Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center. www.penvol.org