There is no doubt that the Coronavirus has forced all us all to change the way we live for the greater good. There are many different groups that are highly susceptible to the virus. One of those groups are Seniors. As a result, simple things, like getting groceries have become high-risk for Seniors. Stepping in to bridge the gap and help keep our elderly stay safe as we learn to cope and overcome COVID-19 is the Area Agency on Aging of Broward County.
The Agency has delivered 19,576 free meals since March 27th and assisted more than 675 Seniors. They deliver an average of 3,000 – 5,000 meals a day and they are committed to delivering food throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Area Agency on Aging of Broward County is able to support the elderly through the generosity of other groups. United Way of Broward County, Ultimate Software and Humana have donated a total of $60,000 to help the effort while staff and community volunteers, including personnel from Cano Health, have been delivering the meals to Seniors in need.
“The partnership between the Area Agency on Aging of Broward County, The United Way of Broward County, Ultimate Software, and Humana is a perfect example of our community coming together in a time of need to help the most at-risk population for this pandemic – our Senior citizens. We could not be more thankful for the support of these companies to help fulfill one of life’s basic needs – healthy, nutritious food”.
-Charlotte Mather-Taylor, Executive Director of the Area Agency on Aging of Broward County.
All of the meals are prepared by a local, high-quality food catering company, therefore also helping a local business and economy. Seniors may choose between kosher, pureed, vegetarian, low sodium, and diabetic meals.
The strictest sanitary guidelines are followed by not only the caterer, but by all delivery staff and Agency staff. The caterer delivers the pallets of food boxes to the agency headquarters each morning.
To insure the deliveries are safe, the delivery staff from Cano health all wear gloves and masks. When the delivery drivers arrive at the Senior’s residence, they will knock on the door, and place the food either on the ground or a chair/table outside the door and step back 6 ft from the door. They do not leave until the Senior either opens the door, or acknowledges through the phone or window that they are home. They cannot leave frozen meals on the doorstep if no one is home.
“The partnership with Cano Health allows us, the Area Agency on Aging of Broward County, to more effectively and efficiently serve the needs of Broward seniors. By having Cano Health deliver the meals, this allows our staff to focus on answering the hundreds of helpline calls that come in daily to request meals”
– Charlotte Mather-Taylor, Executive Director of the Area Agency on Aging of Broward County.
If you have are ready to sign-up today or if any further questions, please contact 954-745-9779.
If you would like to help with the COVID-19 food instability crisis, please contact the AAABC at 954-745-9567 to volunteer or donate.
Annie Knott is a South Florida Native and is proud to call Oakland Park her home. She is the mother to 4 young children. Annie has taught gymnastics, dance, art classes, and directed summer camps for over 15 years. She currently teaches nature-based guided play classes in the community. If Annie isn’t attending one of Oakland Park’s fun-filled events with her family, she can be found gardening in her exotic fruit orchard, paddle boarding on the Middle River, or photographing nature & wildlife.