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disabilities, and chronic health conditions may make
it difficult to go grocery shopping, especially in
rural locations and for people with a low income.
The Coalition for Quality Aging (CQA), which works
to improve the quality of aging for older adults in
Lorain County, identified this barrier and worked to
find solutions. CQA partners at
Oberlin Community Services (OCS) proposed to
test out a food delivery service for people in
southern Lorain County who can’t get to the store
due to disability or age-related challenges.
On the third Friday of each month, participants
receive non-perishable foods like shelf-stable milk,
canned vegetables and fruit, and pasta, and, when
available, perishable foods are included, such as
frozen meat, fresh produce, and eggs.
Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio
(Second Harvest) supplies food for this delivery
service. For eligibility and to request this
home food delivery,
click to call.
OCS Food Programs Coordinator, Hannah Rosenberg,
connects existing groups to help deliver food to
clients. “It makes sense to mobilize people who want
to make a difference for their community and
neighbors,” said Rosenberg. The project has grown
since its first delivery in September 2018. “We
intentionally started small in one community, and
now the project has grown from seven to 13
deliveries in Huntington and Wellington areas,” said
To become a food delivery volunteer,
click to call.
Volunteers typically spend less than two hours of
service per month. Current volunteers are from
Wellington Kiwanis and
A Gathering Church in Spencer.
For older adults with low incomes, this project
may supplement other local food services such as
Meals on Wheels, congregate meals, food pantries,
and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (often
called senior food boxes).
To find local food services
for people in need, call 211 or visit
the 211 website - powered by
of Greater Lorain County.
Thirty-three percent of Lorain County’s total
population is projected to be made up of people age
60 and older by 2030, according to
“Factors like disability, age-related changes,
and lack of appropriate transportation
can contribute to food insecurity,” said Dave Covell,
MPH, RS, health commissioner at Lorain
County Public Health. According to the U.S.
Department of Agriculture, food insecurity means
lacking the ability to get enough food for an
active, healthy life - which over time may
contribute to hunger and poor health.
“The need is great for our older adults and the
time is now to figure out how to collectively tackle
problems, such as lack of food, falls hazards,
door-to-door transportation, and medication
management. The list goes on,” said Covell.
Through data collected at Lorain County food
pantries, an estimated 50,000 unduplicated people of
all ages will be served by a local food pantry in
2018, according to Second Harvest. Second Harvest
and their partners distribute nutritious food to a
network of 112 hunger-relief programs in Lorain,
Crawford, Erie, and Huron counties.
Above article courtesy of Lorain
County Public Health