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Elderly Food Box Program Needs Your Help

August 25, 2009

c.a.r.e. elderly food box program

The elderly are among the most vulnerable in our community and sadly, they are often isolated by disabilities and poverty.

My own grandmothers have a network of family to check in on them and bring them whatever they need, but what if they didn’t? Who looks in on seniors who have no one left and no longer can drive or provide for themselves?

Unfortunately, no one was there to look in on the 50 home-bound seniors who died last summer due to dehydration in Phoenix (according to the Arizona Department of Health Services). As a response to this tragic statistic, Phoenix Rescue Mission partnered with St. Mary’s Food Bank to implement an Elderly Food Box Program we call, C.A.R.E.

C.A.R.E. (Care And Reaching-out to the Elderly) provides nutritious food and companionship to the elderly through a team of compassionate, trained volunteers who deliver food boxes, provide critical wellness checks and connect our elderly participants with community resources.

Here’s where you come in… We need your help locating more elderly men and women who would benefit from our program. Maybe you know someone in your church or neighborhood who would meet our qualifications:  They must be 55 years of age or older and disabled (mentally or physically) or unable to leave their home and receive a monthly income of less than $1,400 in order to participate.

If you know someone who meets these qualifications, or if you’re interested in volunteering to deliver food and spend time with our seniors, please contact Sharon Phillips, C.A.R.E. Program Administrator, at s.phillips@phoenixrescuemission.org.

You can also visit our www.phoenixrescuemission.org for more information.

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