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Special Food Delivery Program Continues through the Holidays
Program Covers Many Communities and Clients Most at Risk
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, older adults continue to be in a high-risk category. Along with being at high risk, older adults are the most likely segment of the population to be isolated at home with limited or no access to food.
Earlier this year Senior Transportation Connection (STC) joined services with the Western Reserve Area Agency (WRAAA) to provide food deliveries to those in need. In November the latest full month of available data STC delivered more than 180 boxes of shelf stable meals to homes of families throughout Cuyahoga County. In addition, STC delivered more than 2,400 boxes of meals to city Senior Centers and other agencies for distribution at their respective facilities. These additional locations include centers in Mayfield Heights, Lyndhurst, South Euclid, Highland Heights, Parma Heights, Garfield Heights and Cleveland as well as locations such as the East End Neighborhood House, St. Martin De Porres and Senior Citizen Resources, Inc.
To ensure each delivery is made STC schedules deliveries and notifies clients ahead of time. At the home address drivers do not just leave the food box at the door, they make sure clients answer the door and receive the food boxes directly. If a client does not answer the door, then follow-up phone calls are made to the home. If for some reason the client is not available further attempts are made to reach them. In November STC drivers and staff logged a total of 99 hours to implement this program. These hours are spread out over the month so that time was allocated almost every weekday in the month of November. The program continues during the month of December and plans call for delivery of at least 325 boxes to begin with.