CENTERVILLE, IN – LifeStream Services, Gateway Hunger Relief Center and Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana are partnering to increase the availability of fresh produce, groceries and pantry items to homebound seniors. The new program will begin by serving senior citizens in Centerville who receive home-delivered meals through LifeStream Services.
The Gleaners, Gateway Hunger Relief Center and LifeStream partnership will provide supplemental fresh food and pantry items to homebound seniors two times per month. Volunteer meal delivery drivers will act as proxy shoppers and will deliver additional food supplies to seniors who might otherwise not have access to fresh foods.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become clear that those we serve are at higher risk for the virus,” said John Elliott, President/CEO of Gleaners. “Senior citizens in particular, have been strongly advised to stay home as much as possible. We also know that good nutrition improves health and builds immunity. This partnership with LifeStream is precisely the kind of collaborative program that will make a true impact on reducing the meal gap.”
The COVID pandemic has highlighted the need to partner with other community organizations to meet the needs of older adults and people with disabilities,” said Jenny Hamilton, President/CEO of LifeStream. “LifeStream has a long history of partnering with community organizations and has been able to expand those partnerships and build new ones to help meet the new challenges the pandemic brings. We appreciate Gleaners and their willingness to collaborate to help meet the needs of this population.”
Nutrition is vital to maintaining a healthy quality of life. LifeStream is committed to partnering with organizations and enhancing the nutrition program to meet the dire need of nutrition among seniors. Gleaners and LifeStream hope to expand its partnership in additional locations to serve seniors within the next few months. For more information on LifeStream’s nutrition program please visit lifestreaminc.org or call 800-589-1121.