COVID-19 has exacerbated the already dire problem of senior food insecurity in Tampa Bay. Many are unable to grocery shop or visit restaurants for fear of infection. The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Pasco County teams up with partner organizations, like Grace’s Food Pantry and Christo’s Restaurant, to keep seniors fed and healthy. Christo’s Restaurant in Pasco County received a grant from United Way of Pasco to provide 200 meals per day to residents of The Landings of St. Andrew. But there was a problem: they needed volunteers to deliver the food.
Seniors in Service reached out to Grace’s Food Pantry at The Landings of St. Andrew to help. Founder Grace Sepulveda and her son Ed collect food donations and deliver them to residents of The Landings. Between Seniors in Service and Grace Food Pantry volunteers, over 200 meals went to grateful recipients every day for a month. Residents didn’t just get food – they also received friendly visits each day from volunteers, helping them to stave off isolation and loneliness.
Interested in helping your Pasco community, but not sure where to start? Contact Ann Wilkinson below or call (813) 492-8921!