Sponsor spotlight: Edmonds Food Bank, Waterfront Center expand partnership on senior/ADA food delivery

Sponsor highlight: Edmonds Meals Financial institution, Waterfront Heart increase partnership on senior/ADA meals supply

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Edmonds Meals Financial institution and Edmonds Waterfront Heart have expanded their meals supply partnership to now embrace deliveries to households with a number of disabled particular person. We’re very excited to have the ability to mark the 30-year anniversary of the signing of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (ADA) with an extension of our dwelling supply companies to households with ADA particular person(s).

The supply program is coordinated by Karen Barnes on the Edmonds Meals Financial institution and Michelle Reitan on the Edmonds Waterfront Heart. “We began the venture with the meals financial institution shortly after the primary stay-at-home order was introduced in late March,” Reitan stated. “We at the moment are delivering to 29 households — impacting 63 people when all family members are thought-about. It’s been an ideal partnership — and one which we each hope to proceed increasing.”

As with every venture, it takes quite a few palms to make the supply program work. Meals financial institution volunteers Bob and Kathi Matthes contact supply prospects to assist with putting on-line orders every week, as or the place wanted. The meals financial institution’s volunteer consumers choose from the out there meals for the week to match the net orders as carefully as doable. Maggie Fournier and Dara Stotland handle marking the groceries to assist drivers set up loading and distribution for 3 to 6 family deliveries every. Drivers are coordinated by means of the Edmonds Waterfront Heart and embrace Janet Jensen, Chris Mione, Merin Mione, Tim Schmidt, Dave Teitzel, and Diana VanLoveren.

“A real camaraderie has developed between the drivers and their prospects,” stated Barnes. “At one level I attempted to optimize the route effectivity —which meant shifting prospects between drivers — and I instantly acquired calls from drivers who requested sustaining their prospects, even when they might in the end save time with prospects that had been nearer collectively. They’ve come to know their  prospects and perceive distinctive wants and/or dietary restrictions. Some drivers have talked about it’s a spotlight of their week.”

In case you are a senior (60-plus) and/or an ADA particular person considering receiving dwelling deliveries from the Edmonds Meals Financial institution, please name Karen at 206-705-3637 or e-mail information@edmondsfoodbank.org. Recipients don’t must dwell in Edmonds to be eligible.