Seniors in Victoria are in want of heat meals and dialog this Giving Tuesday

Seniors in Victoria are in want of heat meals and dialog this Giving Tuesday
(United Approach Southern Vancouver Island)

Do you know it’s Giving Tuesday at present?

Giving Tuesday is a worldwide generosity motion, the place the ability of the folks and
organizations come collectively to rework their communities.

It’s a easy concept—a motion that encourages folks to do good. The thought caught on and has grown worldwide, inspiring tons of of thousands and thousands of individuals to present, collaborate and rejoice generosity.

This yr, United Approach Southern Vancouver Island is utilizing the Giving Tuesday motion to focus on their Extra Than Meals program.

United Approach’s Extra Than Meals permits seniors to get wholesome meals delivered to their houses. Not solely that—they’re getting critically vital social visits and connections with the surface world.

Anne’s story

Do you know that 94% of households in Canada eat peanut butter at the very least each few months? Peanut butter also can develop into a staple meals for individuals who can not afford one other supply of protein.

Anne is a widow and a recipient of United Approach’s Extra Than Meals program delivered by the
James Bay New Horizons. She has been discovering that cooking for one has had its challenges for varied causes.

“When you will have been married for a protracted, very long time, 60 years, it’s very tough to search out your rhythm by yourself,” says Anne.

Higher Victoria has one of many nation’s highest proportions of seniors over 65. Many native seniors expertise excessive loneliness, malnutrition, mobility points, and restricted earnings.

The previous couple of years have amplified these challenges—social interactions with family and friends, grocery procuring, in-person physician’s appointments, and out of doors actions have develop into restricted. The result’s elevated isolation, melancholy and nervousness, and meals insecurity.

Since its launch in Could 2020, Extra Than Meals has grown from delivering 200 meals every week to 50,000 meals a yr for seniors within the area.

This system offers not solely nutritious meals to folks in their very own houses but additionally social connections.

This Giving Tuesday, the wants of seniors in the neighborhood stay excessive.

For Anne, who can also be a volunteer board member at James Bay New Horizons, the Extra Than Meals program gives invaluable dietary and emotional assist to many seniors dwelling within the James Bay neighbourhood.

“Fairly often as you become old you might be sitting residence alone and that’s not good,” she says.

“I do know now that I’m going to get an honest meal and I’m not going to hit the peanut butter jar once more.”

This Giving Tuesday, think about supporting seniors in Vancouver Island to keep up their
independence and connection.

Make a present at present and be part of the season of giving.

For those who donate right here, your present shall be matched. UWSVI thanks its beneficiant supporters Barb & Steve McKerrell for his or her $20,000 matching present and Island Financial savings for his or her $10,000 matching present.

United Approach Southern Vancouver Island

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