The Heritage Agency and Wal-Mart collaborate to help feed local older adults

The Heritage Area Agency on Aging and Wal-Mart collaborate to help feed local older adults.

The Heritage Area Agency on Aging recently completed the first phase of its “Program Sustainability and Enhancement Project” geared toward developing and enhancing the Heritage Regional Senior Nutrition Program.

This project was kicked off in the Fall of 2013, with a generous gift of $30,000 from the Wal-Mart Foundation’s State-Wide Giving Program, with the ultimate goal of reinstating the reduction of meals that were implemented in both Fiscal Year 2012 and 2013. This initiative targeted nutrition providers that were forced to implement the reduction, with special emphasis on the most rural providers and especially those who were forced to eliminate service days or entire service routes to rural communities.

In addition, the program has enabled a new partnership between The Heritage Area Agency on Aging, the Grant Wood Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, Frontier Natural Products and other local businesses and agencies, to provide emergency preparedness kits, which consist of shelf-stable meals and supplies needed in order for older adults to respond to a variety of different emergency situations. This need was realized during the harsh winter in which meal delivery was delayed or even postponed due to winter-related weather and emergencies. Through the generous support of the Wal-Mart Foundation and the local business community, this effort will continue throughout the severe weather season, with a goal of delivering the emergency preparedness kits to as many Eastern Iowa older adults as possible.

Through this project, over 12,000 meals were able to be reinstated to over 500 at-risk older adults. This collaboration came at a vital time, as the Heritage Regional Senior Nutrition Program has been faced with unprecedented funding challenges over the last two fiscal years.

“The support of the Wal-Mart Foundation has made a tremendous impact on the Heritage Regional Senior Nutrition Program and to the hundreds of older adults that rely on these meals on a daily basis. We cannot begin to thank Wal-Mart for the support that came at just the right time” said Tim Getty, Nutrition Coordinator with The Heritage Area Agency on Aging.

For more information, contact Tim Getty at The Heritage Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-332-3934 or tgetty@kirkwood.edu.

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The Heritage Area Agency on Aging, a department of Kirkwood Community College since 1971, works to plan, fund and advocate for older adults, their families and caregivers in Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn and Washington counties. For more information, call 319-398-5559 or visit www.involvementonline.org.

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Walmart has donated more than 1 billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.

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