Oct 30, 2020

Because of YOU, Homebound Elders Can Stay Nourished & Safe!

As the COVID-19 shelter-in-place continues with no end in sight, homebound isolation remains the new normal for thousands of at-risk seniors. And those who have no one to help them continue to rely on LIFE ElderCare for critical assistance: access to healthy Meals on Wheels and fresh groceries, connection to reduce their isolation, and other essential support.

Since the start of the pandemic, LIFE ElderCare has stepped up to provide them with the assistance they need to stay nourished in mind, body, and spirit. We’re delivering over 13,000 Meals on Wheels / month (way up from the ~8,000 we were delivering pre-COVID). And because of this daily meal and other support - like home-delivered groceries from the food bank - high-risk elders can safely stay in their homes. They don’t have to put their health at risk to make sure they have enough food to eat.

These are the seniors who live in our neighborhoods. Seniors like Lila G., a 79-year-old retired third-grade teacher. She tries hard to eat healthy so she can manage her high blood pressure; but when COVID-19 hit, Lila only had enough food to last for a few days and no family members who could help.

“I was scared. I really didn’t know what to do or who could help me. Thank heavens I connected with LIFE ElderCare. They are all so kind and patient with me – and now, I have good food to eat again.” – Lila

Luckily, Lila heard about LIFE ElderCare and gave us a call. The very next day, a LIFE ElderCare volunteer arrived at her home to hang a bag containing a healthy meal and juice on her doorknob. The volunteer waited (at a safe distance) to greet Lila and make sure she was doing ok. Because of this daily meal, and other services that LIFE was able to provide, Lila no longer feels alone or afraid.

Our success in fulfilling our mission depends on your generous support. With your help, seniors can stay nourished, safe, and connected. Thank you for caring for the well-being of one of the most vulnerable groups in our community – the homebound elders who need our support more than ever while they face the threat of COVID-19.

Because of you, they don’t have to do it alone. Your thoughful kindness makes a world of difference! 

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Jul 6, 2020

LIFE ElderCare COVID Update: Focus on Food & Connection

As you all know, the Alameda County shelter-in-place (SIP) order resulted in thousands more seniors becoming suddenly homebound. To ensure that these elders continued to have access to healthy food, LIFE ElderCare expanded its Meals on Wheels program and relaxed eligibility requirements so that we could provide healthy mid-day meals to senior in need.

The SIP caused a huge spike in demand for Meals on Wheels. We are grateful to share with you all that we have been able to fulfil every request for assistance and are delivering 50% more meals per day than average! Meals are delivered with no contact to porches and front doors; then masked volunteers wait from 6 feet away to say hello and provide a daily well-check.

Even as parts of the community slowly reopen, isolation will remain the stark reality for the many seniors who are at risk. And so, LIFE ElderCare will continue to function as their lifeline to essential services, support, and connection. Whether they healthy meals, groceries, meds or other essentials; a friendly phone call; help connecting with other resources; or reassurance about how to protect themselves during the pandemic – we are there to provide help as needed so that vulnerable elders can continue to safely shelter-in-place.

We have been able to meet the sharply increased need for meals because of community support from kind people like yourself. We have been deeply moved by this outpouring of support: those who have donated time, money, and supplies to ensure that we can continue to provide essential services for vulnerable elders.

Thank you for helping us care for our aging neighbors. You support ensures that no senior is hungry and alone – especially during these challenging times. Take care and stay well.

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Mar 6, 2020

It's Time to March for Meals!

Every March, organizations across the country step up and host events to raise awareness of the vital importance of Meals on Wheels. Local leaders and members of the community have a chance to celebrate the volunteers that support these programs throughout the year and help them deliver meals. These events are collectively known as "March for Meals".

Having access to healthy food is a basic necessity at any age, but this becomes especially critical as we get older so that we can maintain our strength and recover more quickly from illnesses and injuries. But Meals on Wheels does not only provide nutritious food; with every meal, isolated elders also get a few minutes of socialization, a warm smile, and a daily wellness check - and it helps to ensure that the most vulnerable members of our society know that they are connected to a caring community. 

When US Representative Ro Khanna visited us recently to help deliver Meals on Wheels to Fremont seniors, he was touched by the stories shared by the seniors he met. Asking about their lives and challenges, one person told him: "I depend on my daily meals and really like the food" and another said: "I can't cook anymore, but with Meals on Wheels, I don't have to worry about feeling hungry". 

So, during the month of March we invite you all to attend a local event to experience first-hand the JOY of delivering meals to those that need them the most. Or find some time to volunteer with your local Meals on Wheels organization - it truly is a rewarding way to get involved and see for yourself how much of a difference your support makes. 

Meals on Wheels and LIFE ElderCare enable seniors to stay nourished in body, mind, and spirit. They know that they are not alone, that they are part of a community that cares for their well-being. And your generous donations are what enable us to continue to provide this reassurance.

Thank you for caring for the elderly in our neighborhoods! 

 
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