Help us stock the cupboards of homebound seniors right here in the NRV!
The Challenge: Imagine getting out of bed on Saturday morning, wanting breakfast, ready to face the day, but the cabinet is empty. That is a reality for many homebound seniors here in our community. Individuals make critical decisions each weekend about eating when food sources are scarce or not available. Good nutrition benefits us all, but for a senior, good nutrition means better cognitive function, and better muscle coordination. 192 seniors in the New River Valley struggle with access to food for the weekend. Recent surveys at our Agency have found that over 93% of those receiving our home delivered meals program are concerned about having food to eat on Saturday and Sunday (government funding provides for 5 meals per week).
Who We Are:
The New River Valley Agency on Aging has provided vital services to the Counties of Giles, Floyd, Montgomery and Pulaski and the City of Radford since 1975 to older adults, adults with different abilities and their caregivers, promoting optimum health, safety, dignity and maximum independence.
Services range from core supportive services such as home delivered meals, transportation, homemaker and personal care, respite care and care coordination to educational and advocacy services such as health insurance counseling, elder abuse prevention and local long-term care ombudsman. Additionally, we serve as an Aging and Disability Resource Connection, providing information, referrals and assistance for individuals seeking information on all available services and resources for aging adults, adults with different abilities and caregivers in the New River Valley.
Bridging The Gap: We know the charge, now we make the change! This year with Give Big NRV, donations to the New River Valley Agency on Aging will be directly applied to our new weekend meals service, entitled Staples for Seniors. Staples for Seniors provides easy to prepare and nutritious weekend meals for homebound seniors. Items, such as: peanut butter, soups, crackers, tuna, juice boxes, oatmeal and fruit cups will be a welcome sight in the cabinets of homebound senior households. Presently, government funding for home delivered meals provides food for five days per week, not including weekends. Our Agency has 192 homebound seniors living across the NRV who struggle financially and have limited to no access to foods to consume on the weekends. Please consider a gift this year to help a senior in your hometown have adequate food throughout the weekend. A gift of only $20 will help a deserving senior not have to make critical choices when it comes to mealtime. Our Staples for Seniors program firmly believes that the decision to eat should be a choice, not a challenge.