Seniors in Service is partnering with the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Pasco County Senior Services, and Neighborly Care Network to support the 300% increase in requests from low-income seniors for home-delivered meals. Dining Out At Home provides seniors in Pasco and Pinellas home-delivered hot meals purchased from local restaurants using Federal CARES Act funding. A win-win for seniors and our local restaurants!
Seniors in Service supports Dining Out At Home by building relationships with local restaurants and mobilizing community volunteers. A hot midday meal crafted by local Pasco and Pinellas restaurants is whisked to the door of seniors in need by food delivery volunteers and staff Monday thru Friday. Participating restaurants currently include the Sheraton Sand Key, Frog Pond Downtown St. Pete, Arlisa’s Events, Creative Catering, Chiefs Creole Cafe, Da Sesto Italiano, Corporate Catering of Palm Harbor, Mama’s Kitchen, The Local Fresh Grill, Smokey Bones and Natalie’s Restaurant.
Natalie’s Restaurant in Hudson, FL considers their participation “a golden opportunity to keep our business going while helping the community”, says owner Vicky. But she was skeptical at first. “The first thing we did was investigate the organizations and government agencies that were going to be involved to determine that this was not a scam.” Instead of finding extra upfront work and big financial risks, Vicky and daughter/co-owner Nicole learned that the restaurant would be paid and meal requirements would be based on the restaurant’s existing menu. “It is a great source of revenue that will keep us on our feet until business picks up”, shared Vicky. “As a matter of fact, we’re bringing one server back next week to help out with the volume. Working with the county and Seniors In Service has been really easy.” Vicky is also quick to point how she also appreciates the chance to make a difference. “I really love this, helping the elderly. This is something that has to be in people’s hearts.”
Seniors in Service is actively seeking restaurants and volunteers who would like to participate in this “golden opportunity.”
Want to help deliver meals? For Pasco County, call Chris with Seniors in Service at (813) 760-3050 or Taylor with Pasco County Senior Services 813-929-1200 Ext. 2483. For Pinellas County, email Anita Frankhauser (AFrankhauser@neighborly.org ) or Mona Allen (MAllen@neighborly.org)
Are you a senior who needs a meal? Please call: Pinellas – (727) 573-9444 or Pasco – (727) 834-3340
Funding for Dining Out at Home supports adding more local restaurants and recruiting/engaging more delivery volunteers. For a LIMITED TIME, all donations are DOUBLED! Help more isolated seniors stay healthy and safe with home-delivered hot meals!