VNLV's Food Drive to Benefit SSKP
To help support the community and the mission of The Shoreline Soup Kitchen & Pantries, Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley is holding a Food Drive.

SSKP reports that families requiring food assistance have almost tripled over the past few weeks. They are struggling to meet the needs of these families and they need our help.

We need your help! Please drop off any non-perishable food items to VNLV's drop box*, Monday - Friday from 8am - 4pm throughout the month of June.

Items needed: Tuna, cereal, canned corn, canned vegetables, soup, canned ravioli, pasta sauce, beans, condiments, juice and other non-perishable food items.

* For safety reasons, the drop off box will be located outside the front door (weather permitting) or in the front foyer directly inside the main entrance.

Thank you!
Face Masks:
Do you have any cloth or surgical masks to donate? VNLV has a limited supply and could always use more. If you are able to donate masks to VNLV, please call 860-767-0186. Thank you for your help!
Coronavirus Pandemic: How to Help Senior Citizens
Tips to help seniors self-isolating at home — and ways to donate your time, money and resources.

As coronavirus has swept the United States, staying home is now considered a potentially life-saving measure for vulnerable populations like senior citizens. However, after weeks of self-isolating and not seeing loved ones, experts advise that the elderly population could use some extra looking after.

How you can help:
  • Stay in touch
  • Offer to run errands
  • Have a routine
  • Volunteer with or donate to a local agency
  • Take advantage of an older person’s wisdom

To read more, click here and click here .
What Will Life Be Like For Seniors After COVID-19?
For now and the foreseeable future, things are going to be more challenging for the elderly population. Older people are, overall, less healthy than others. They’re dying of COVID-19 at significantly higher rates than younger people. Those who are hospitalized or in any kind of facility are isolated, even if they’re not ill. And many older people are not as familiar or comfortable with the latest technology and struggle to make meaningful contact with loved ones through Zoom meetings. I don’t know that this is significantly different than in the recent past, but the pandemic has certainly highlighted the plight. Even those steps taken to help us seniors — designated shopping times, for example — point out the greater risk we face.

To read the full article, click here. Content Credit:
Too Little Or Too Much Time With The Kids? Grandparenting Is Tough In A Pandemic
Back in pre-pandemic times, Richard and Denise Victor would get to see their four grandchildren almost every day. One set of kids lives around the block from them in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; the others are half an hour away, all close enough for frequent visits and sleepovers.

"With the younger ones, we have a routine of stories when they spend the night," Richard Victor says.

But when the coronavirus hit, the couple were at their vacation home in Florida, and suddenly it wasn't safe to leave. They've been sheltering there for three months, missing their grandkids and struggling with an absence that FaceTime just can't fill.

To read more, click here. Content Credit: NPR
Quarantine Recipe of the Month:
Chicken Parm Stuffed Peppers
  • 3 Cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups Marinara
  • 1 tbsp freshly chopped parsley, plus more for garnish
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 oz. fresh or frozen breaded chicken, cooked according to package instructions and diced
  • 4 bell peppers, halved and seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup Swanson Chicken Broth

  • Preheat oven to 400º. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups mozzarella, Parmesan, garlic, marinara, parsley, and red pepper flakes and season with salt and pepper. Stir until combined, then gently fold in chicken.
  • Spoon mixture into halved bell peppers and sprinkle with remaining 1 cup mozzarella.
  • Pour chicken broth into baking dish (to help the peppers steam) and cover with foil.
  • Bake until peppers are tender, 55 minutes to 1 hour. Uncover and broil 2 minutes.
  • Garnish with parsley and more Parmesan before serving.

To see the other recipes, click here. Content credit: Delish
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