“Thank you for giving me food. I have something in my kitchen to eat again!”
Lila G, a former third grade teacher, is 79 and, as she puts it, “has a bad heart”. She is understandably scared to go shopping and has neither computer nor Wi-Fi access to order food online. Luckily, her neighbor called and asked us to get in touch, because Lila is right to be scared: A full 8 out of 10 people who have died in the United States from COVID-19 are over the age of 65.
We must keep Lila - and all other under-resourced Alameda County, CA elders - safe. The only thing standing between that goal and us is a need for more support. Please help by chipping in to our Groceries on Wheels program!
LIFE ElderCare is a stand-alone 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides free services to those who wish to stay in their warm, familiar home as they age but do not have enough help to do so and stay healthy. We step in when friends and family have all gone or don’t have enough of their own resources to help. As food insecurity increases throughout the county, high-risk seniors without support face an impossible choice: hunger, or a trip to the grocery store, which could prove fatal. No senior should have to choose between safety and food during COVID-19.
LIFE is working hard every day to remove that choice, and to ease the worries and fill the bellies of our elderly neighbors. That first week after the state shut-down, our staff and volunteers brought 17 bags of groceries to seniors who called seeking help. Now, in early September, we are putting together and delivering more than 400 bags per week of free, healthy groceries for low-income older adults across Alameda County. The Senior Assistance Foundation of the East Bay (https://safeastbay.org/) gave us an incredibly generous $68,000 that has helped support this program. Can you help match this? If just 680 community members give $100 each, that will set us off on a strong course to provide vulnerable elders with food support for at least 6 more months.
We need everybody to pitch in whatever they can for this group of often invisible people who worked hard for decades, building our communities and raising us. They need our help now.
Thank you for your kind support and for helping vulnerable elders stay nourished in body, mind, and spirit as they shelter-in-place!