when your stomach is hungry? Our communities often turn to meal delivery programs when there is nowhere else to go. During normal times, the Local Office on Aging supports more than 3,000 families and individuals in the Valley. But these are far from normal times.
Recognizing that COVID-19 has put a growing strain on feeding the community, the James M. Cox Foundation, the charitable arm of Cox Enterprises, stepped in with a surprise. During a video call Local Office on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program was surprised with a $25,000 donation. This is in addition to the $10,000 awarded on behalf of Cox Charities to LOA Meals on Wheels in March.
“We were shocked and thrilled to get this support,” said President and CEO Ron Boyd. “We’re thankful for those in the community who are recognizing the needs of area homebound seniors.”
With the donation the LOA has been able to restock its food pantry and get more emergency bags out to our seniors. The food pantry remains fluid in that we get the food out almost as fast as it comes in. We will continue to be in need of food donations and donations of paper products in order to get it out to the most vulnerable clients.