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Bay Aging and Healthy Harvest Food Bank launch strategic partnership

Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 4:08 pm

Bay Aging and Healthy Harvest Food Bank are partnering to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to Bay Aging’s Meals on Wheels recipients.  The partnership launched on a pilot basis Friday, June 28th, with weekly deliveries of sweet corn, cucumbers, yellow squash, zucchini, broccoli, pears, grapes, apples, watermelon and more to supplement Meals on Wheels being delivered to Richmond and Essex County residents.  As distribution logistics are worked out, the partnership will be expanded across most of Bay Aging’s ten county service area.

In 2018, Bay Aging staff and Meals on Wheels volunteers delivered over 166,000 nutritious meals to frail, homebound seniors throughout the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.  Meal deliveries also include friendly visits and safety checks from the volunteers and staff.

Kathy Vesley, Bay Aging’s President and CEO, welcomes the new partnership with Healthy Harvest. “We are excited to launch this pilot and supplement our Meals on Wheels deliveries with fresh fruit and vegetables.  Almost every county we serve has a rapidly growing senior population and, in many cases, Meals on Wheels deliveries are the only way these seniors can continue to live independently in their own homes.  For example, by next year, Lancaster County will be 37 percent age 65 or older and by 2030 more than 40 percent of the county’s population will be age 65 or older.  We have to plan ahead to ensure we have the resources and infrastructure in place to effectively serve our growing customer base.”

Jennifer Beck, Bay Aging’s Director, Community Living Programs, manages the Meals on Wheels program.  “We are thankful to Healthy Harvest for the generous support they are providing.  We also want to recognize the nearly 800 volunteers who help us distribute meals every week.  Without these volunteers we could not reach as many people as demand dictates.”