City's Senior Nutrition program hands out over 26,000 meals in first week
New Thursday pickup sites announced
Over 26,000 meals were distributed during the first week of Louisville Metro March for Meals, the meals pickup program for seniors 60 years or older. Nearly 5,300 seniors received a meal pack containing five frozen meals at one of now seven rolling pickup locations across the community.
The Louisville Metro Senior Nutrition Program, part of the Office of Resilience and Community Services (RCS), rolled out Metro March for Meals on March 17 to provide meals for seniors while the city responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is designed to increase access to nutritional food while reducing the number of contacts with people, and places seniors need to travel for food.
Due to tremendous response, some distribution sites have changed over the course of the week to better accommodate traffic flow and ensure recipients can remain in their vehicles for pickup. Thursday pickup sites have now been updated with two options: Southern High School or Newburg Community Center.
Meals will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from 10 a.m. until noon and are limited to one box per person, containing five frozen meals per pack, each week. Older adults in need are advised to go to the center closest to their homes for assistance.
The program will operate through April 3, at which time it will be reevaluated.
Updated site distribution list as of March 25, 2020
- Mondays – St. Stephen Church (1018 S. 15th St., 40210)
- Tuesdays – Beechmont Community Center (205 Wellington Ave., 40214)
- Wednesdays – Sun Valley Community Center (6505 Bethany Lane, 40272) or East Government Center (200 Juneau Drive, 40243)
- Thursdays – Southern High School (8620 Preston Hwy., 40219) or Newburg Community Center (4810 Exeter Ave., 40218)
- Fridays – Former Kroger site in Old Louisville (924 S. Second St., 40203)
This information is also available on this downloadable flyer.
Eligibility and guidelines to participate in Metro March for Meals:
- Open to Jefferson County residents only, 60 years and older
- Proof of age will be required
- Participants are requested to stay in their cars for meal pickup to help ensure their safety. Please do not park and walk up to the distribution site.
- Workers are practicing social distancing so participants are requested, when possible, to roll down back seat windows or press the trunk unlock where meals will be placed.
- To help ensure that seniors in need of assistance are being served, eligible seniors should be present at time of pickup.
Homebound Seniors (Meals on Wheels) and Senior Congregate Site Updates
Homebound senior clients served by Louisville Metro Senior Nutrition's Meals on Wheels program will receive their meal delivery once per week with a five-frozen meal pack through April 3. The nearly 20 Senior Congregate Nutrition Sites across Jefferson County, operated by Louisville Metro Senior Nutrition, are temporarily closed through April 3 in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
For current updates and more information on Metro March for Meals, call (502) 574-5223 or visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/resilience-and-community-services.
How you can help seniors in our community?
Call, text or email your elderly loved ones and neighbors to check in with them. If planning to go to the grocery store, offer to pick up whatever they need.
About Louisville Metro Office or Resilience and Community Services’ Senior Nutrition Program
Louisville Metro Senior Nutrition programs are funded, in part, under a contract with KIPDA and the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services, with funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Louisville Metro Government and private donations from individuals and families. In addition to providing daily meals, staff and volunteers provide individual interaction and attention to homebound and congregant participants. The Metro Marchs for Meals Program is funded through Mayor Greg Fischer's Office and Metro Council to assist seniors with prepared meals during the COVID-19 Pandemic Response.