Meals on Wheels of Greenville Combats Senior Loneliness During COVID-19
Social distancing highlights loneliness faced by Upstate seniors
GREENVILLE, S.C. – March 20, 2020 – Meals on Wheels of Greenville is committed to supporting Greenville County seniors and homebound neighbors as social distancing and additional restrictions increase in efforts to suppress COVID-19. Despite the uncertain times, the Meals on Wheels priority remains to deliver a hot, nutritious meal and personal interaction to the homebound throughout Greenville County while also ensuring the health and safety of all parties involved. Additionally, Meals on Wheels is inviting the community to further understand the vulnerability of this population.
“For many of us, social distancing is new practice. It is both a necessary and responsible choice in the wake of a global health pandemic. But for too many of our homebound in Greenville County, their mobility, health, and life circumstances have forced them into daily, long-term social distancing long before today. This loneliness carries a heavy burden that is too often overlooked,” said Catriona Carlisle, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels of Greenville. “As you gather your family close, we hope everyone takes a moment to remember what is truly important during this time. We also ask that you keep our homebound clients and those in our community who may be struggling in mind.”
Meals on Wheels of Greenville planned to hold its second annual “Disconnect to Connect” campaign on March 28, aimed to better educate the community about the loneliness our homebound neighbors experience daily. Participants pledged to turn off their phone and smart devices and “disconnect” from social media for 24 hours. Understanding the risks associated with making that pledge during this time, Meals on Wheels is instead encouraging the community to safely reach out to senior and homebound friends and neighbors. Show them a little extra care in a time that can drive fear and worry. Let them know they are not alone.
While this global health situation is everchanging, the Meals on Wheels Greenville team will continue to assess the situation daily and ensure that all suggested government protocols are followed while guaranteeing the homebound in the Greenville community remain safe, healthy, and fed. Throughout this pandemic, Meals on Wheels will make all efforts to continue providing meals to homebound clients, including implementation of a drive-through pickup service for all volunteers where meals will be brought by staff directly to the car. Additionally, Meals on Wheels will also be utilizing a no-contact delivery protocol. These additional protocols will ultimately minimize contact while still providing the nutritious meal and visit Greenville’s homebound neighbors rely on. For community members looking to help, please consider donating to help Meals on Wheels continue to support the homebound in the Greenville County during these challenging times.
ABOUT MEALS ON WHEELS OF GREENVILLE
Meals on Wheels enhances the quality of life of homebound individuals and seniors by providing nutritious meals, personal interaction and independence. Each day, caring volunteers deliver nearly 1,500 hot, nutritious meals to homebound individuals throughout Greenville County. In 2018, Meals on Wheels celebrated 50 years of delivering hope to the community and 12 million meals delivered. Meals on Wheels is a proud partner of United Way of Greenville County. For more information call 864-233-6565 or visit www.MealsonWheelsGreenville.org.
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