Restaurants needed to help provide low-to-moderate income senior citizens with meals in Southside

Southside Virginia News

HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – Local restaurants are being invited to participate in a new project headed by the West Piedmont Planning District Commission (WPPDC) that will provide meals to seniors with low-to-moderate income.

Restaurants who contribute will be eligible for a $20 per meal reimbursement which will cover the meal and other associated costs such as packaging.

Over 35 weeks, the Southern Area Agency on Aging (SAAA) will be responsible for distributing the meals to approximately 300 qualifying seniors in Henry, Patrick, Franklin and Pittsylvania Counties as well as the cities of Martinsville and Danville.

Seniors will receive one lunch per week and the day of the week will vary depending on the senior’s locality.

Restaurants interested in participating may contact the WPPDC for examples of sample meals to prepare.

The meals are intended to address urgent needs in the community due to the ongoing pandemic.

“Since the beginning, this pandemic has been a persistent threat to not only the lives of seniors in our
area but also to the livelihoods of our local restaurants. We have an opportunity to mitigate the impacts
of COVID-19 on both through this project. The restaurants get a nice stipend to support
their operations and seniors get a hot meal without needing to risk their health. It’s truly a win-win
scenario.”

Kathleen McEvoy, Community Development Specialist for WPPDC

Restaurants will need to package meals individually but restaurants have the option of using their normal to-go containers for the program.

Drivers will pick up the meals from the restaurants participating. Restaurants will be asked to fill out a form verifying the number of meals prepared. The same form will be used by the drivers to verify that the meals were delivered.

Additionally, fresh food boxes from local producers will be handed out to nearly 500 seniors inside of the same service area in partnership with regional farmers’ markets.

Recently, a $400,000 grant was awarded from the Virginia Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Program to Henry County. The funds will be used by the WPPDC to fund the project.

(Image courtesy of Henry County).

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