New program that provides healthy meals to vulnerable seniors receives matching grant
Nov 3, 2020
Feed the Need, a local program that provides healthy meals to vulnerable seniors, has received a matching grant that will help feed twice as many people.
The Ian and Rosemary Mottershead Fund, administered by the West Vancouver Foundation, will match all donations up to $100,000. Donations must be received before December 31, 2020 to be matched.
The program, run by the West Vancouver Seniors’ Activity Centre, began in response to the hardships the COVID-19 pandemic had on vulnerable seniors living in West Vancouver, who lacked the means to access regular meals.
Since then, 22,000 nutritious meals have been delivered three times a week to more than 350 seniors. These seniors were identified as vulnerable or high-risk by West Vancouver Police, Vancouver Coastal Health, and BC Housing, as well as living in subsidized and low-income housing.
“This incredible donation will ensure the program can be continued in 2021 and gives us time to develop a sustainable model for the future,” said Jill Lawlor, Seniors' Services & Community Wellness Manager with the District of West Vancouver.
“While conducting initial wellness interviews, staff discovered an immediate and significant concern with the quality of life of low-income seniors in West Vancouver. Their struggles were directly associated with access to nutrition.”
The matching grant could result in $200,000 in total funding, which would provide meals for vulnerable seniors in West Vancouver for most of 2021.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has surfaced what, for us, is a surprising fact—our relatively affluent community has rather large pockets of elderly people who do not have enough nourishing food on a regular basis,” said the donors, Ian and Rosemary Mottershead. “Via our endowment fund, we are making the impact of our community’s donations go even further for this vital new seniors food program.”