United Way provides Food Security for Seniors at Paul Hazelton Houses

Our Eighth year of funding from United Way of York County to Volunteers of America

January 6, 2016 - - Volunteers of America Northern New England has received a grant from United Way of York County for the "Let's Eat" program. United Way has supported this healthy food initiative since 2009. In 2016 and in 2017, United Way of York County will provide $4,500 a year for monthly community meals and grocery distribution for 66 seniors living at Volunteers of America's affordable senior housing program in Saco, the Paul Hazelton Houses.

The "Let's Eat" program has grown due to this community investment by United Way of York County. For the past two years, Kennebunk Savings Bank has also generously supported the program. In addition, local faith community groups (Next Level Church and First Parish Church, UCC, of Saco) have assisted in preparing and serving these community meals. Students from Thornton Academy have also joined in to help. It is a community effort that began with United Way's investment in an innovative program to reduce food insecurity.

Many seniors living on limited income find it difficult to maintain healthy eating on a regular. The community meals and food distributions are usually scheduled for times near the end of the month, when funds are running out for many people. Community meals not only provide healthy hot meals , but also a very important opportunity for residents to gather together and enjoy the company of each other and outside community members willing to lend a hand.

Volunteers of America is very grateful to United Way of York County for providing seniors vital food resources and the opportunities for community members to show their love and concern for elderly neighbors.