Meals on Wheels, Bluffton-Hilton Head receives grant
MEALS ON WHEELS, BLUFFTON-HILTON HEAD RECEIVES GRANT FROM MEALS ON WHEELS AMERICA TO ADDRESS SOCIAL ISOLATION AND LONELINESS IN BLUFFTON-HILTON HEAD AREA
Funding will help bridge gaps and expand social connection offerings for older adults
September 22, 2023 Meals on Wheels, Bluffton-Hilton Head today announced that it has received a grant from Meals on Wheels America, the national leadership organization supporting community-based programs across the U.S. dedicated to addressing senior hunger and isolation, to help reduce social isolation and improve social connectedness in the Bluffton-Hilton Head area.
Meals on Wheels, Bluffton-Hilton Head was awarded a Meals on Wheels America Social Connection Grant to overcome key operational barriers that limit adoption or expansion of programs that address social isolation and loneliness and meet the diverse interests and needs of older adults, particularly those in underserved or unserved communities. In total, $319,800 in grants were awarded to 35 local Meals on Wheels programs as part of the Meals on Wheels America Social Connection grant program.
“One in three seniors reports feeling lonely, which has been shown to increase their risk of health complications and negatively impact their well-being,” said Ellie Hollander, Meals on Wheels America President and CEO. “For many Meals on Wheels clients, the volunteer delivering their meal is the only person they will see that day. Programs that foster social connection serve as an invaluable way to reduce isolation and loneliness. That’s why we’re proud to support local Meals on Wheels programs with these grants.”
To learn more about Meals on Wheels, Bluffton-Hilton Head’s efforts to address social isolation and loneliness in the Bluffton-Hilton Head area, visit www.mowblufftonhiltonhead.org.
About Meals on Wheels America
Meals on Wheels America is the leadership organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. This network serves virtually every community in America and, along with an estimated two million staff and volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America's seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education, research and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time.