News Release — Central Vermont Council on Aging
Jan. 21, 2015
Director of Development and Communications
Central Vermont Council on Aging
Barre, VT (January 21, 2015) – Central Vermont Council on Aging has received a $1,500 grant from Shaw’s grocery stores for its “Healthy Eating as We Age” program, supporting elders in leading healthy, independent, and meaningful lives in their homes and communities.
“Healthy Eating” is designed to provide ways to increase the nutritional well-being of elders participating in senior meals programs in Central Vermont and promotes the use of fresh, local and organic produce at meal sites throughout the region.
The funds awarded in this grant will be used to provide additional funds to these meal sites for the purchase of locally-grown and organic produce to be included in the meals served to area seniors.
“I see this grant as a triple-win for Vermont,” says Scott Robbins, CVCOA’s Communications and Development Director. “By purchasing fresh produce from Vermont farms, we are able to provide better nutrition to seniors in need, keep funds circulating within our local economy, and care for our environment by limiting the consumption of fossil fuels used in the transport of produce.”
To ensure that Central Vermont seniors living at risk of hunger receive the nutrition vital to their overall health and wellness, CVCOA partners with 14 senior meal sites to provide more than 190,000 meals to 1,700 elders each year. Home-delivered “meals on wheels” are delivered to older Vermonters who are unable to travel to these sites while others gather to enjoy their meals as a community.
With this grant, Shaw’s is helping to meet the needs of those at risk of hunger in our communities. At the center of Shaw’s charitable mission is the idea that being a good corporate citizen is an ongoing responsibility; by helping to create stronger communities, the quality of life is enhanced for all Vermonters. Ending hunger is critical to this mission and Shaw’s directs its giving to support non-profit organizations providing comprehensive hunger relief programming and food distribution.
To learn more about how nutrition services have helped seniors in Central Vermont, please visit www.cvcoa.org/2014_mow_survey.