(Plantation, FL), May 18, 2020 – Stay-at-home orders designed to keep high-risk residents safe amid the pandemic have created a rapid increase in the number of seniors who rely on home-delivered meals as their primary source of food. This, coupled with supply chain and work force disruptions, makes delivering large quantities of meals to a growing number of seniors more expensive and challenging for Meals on Wheels South Florida than ever before.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the number of seniors who are food insecure to record levels," said Mark Adler, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels South Florida. "Thanks to the overwhelming support and generosity of our community partners, since March, we have been able to serve 2,034 seniors with 28,485 meals each week and this number continues to grow."
A new survey conducted by Meals on Wheels America finds that nearly all local Meals on Wheels programs are experiencing increased demand since concerns over COVID-19 and social distancing measures began taking hold.
Meals on Wheels South Florida is funded by the Federal Older American's Act through the State of Florida's Department of Elder Affairs and the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County and with local Fair Share matching dollars from local municipalities. Additional support from The Jim Moran Foundation, Jewish Federation of Broward, Children's Services Council of Broward, and The Salah Foundation and Private Donations works to further their mission: to end hunger across all ages with kindness, dignity and compassion.
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