Metro March for Meals has successful first day of providing meals to seniors during COVID-19 outbreak

March 18, 2020
Locations changing for two pickup sites

Almost 500 seniors received a week’s worth of frozen meals on Tuesday in the first successful deployment of the Metro March for Meals program, which provides frozen meal packs to seniors who are self-isolating during the COVID-19 outbreak. The meals were distributed at the Beechmont Community Center parking log, which is the site designated for Tuesday meal pickups.

Now through April 3, up to 1,000 frozen meal packs will be distributed each weekday at six locations throughout the community on a rotating schedule. The Louisville Metro Senior Nutrition Program, part of the Office of Resilience and Community Services (RCS), rolled out Metro March for Meals to provide meals for seniors ages 60 and older while the city responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

Due to logistical reasons, two of the pick-up sites for this program have been changed. Thursday pickups will now take place at Slaughter Elementary School, 3805 Fern Valley Rd. instead of the originally announced Wilderness Road Senior Center site. The pickup site on Mondays also will be also changed and will be announced later this week once a new site is confirmed.

Updated list:

  • Mondays – New site being reviewed and will be announced once confirmed.
  • Tuesdays – Beechmont Community Center (205 Wellington Avenue, 40214)
  • Wednesdays – Sun Valley Community Center (6505 Bethany Lane, 40272) and East Government Center (200 Juneau Drive, 40243)
  • Thursdays – Slaughter Elementary School (3805 Fern Valley Rd., Louisville, 40219)
  • Fridays – Arthur S Kling Center (219 W. Ormsby Ave., 40203) 

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.

 

Eligibility and guidelines to participate in Metro March for Meals:

  • Open to Jefferson County residents only, 60 years and older
  • Proof of age 60 and older is 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.
  • To help ensure that seniors in need of assistance are being served, eligible seniors should be present at time of pickup. 
  • Each eligible adult will be able to receive one meal pack per week on a first come, first served basis. Each pack contains five frozen meals.

Homebound Seniors/Meals on Wheels 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. These clients are being contacted by a Louisville Metro Senior Program staff member to confirm their delivery date.

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 and Metro Council to assist seniors with prepared meals during the COVID-19 Pandemic Response.

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