July 23, 2013 | Vol. 73 No. 52

Home Delivered Meals now coming out of Knoxville Elder-ado Center

Beginning July 1, LifeSpan, Inc. – Resources and Services for Seniors began delivering Home Delivered Meals out of the Knoxville Elder-ado.

The recent withdrawal of a large home delivered meal provider presented LifeSpan with a challenge to serve an expanded area and an increased number of homebound individuals needing meals. In response to this challenge the Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging and six service provider agencies designed a new system to meet the needs of older adults throughout Allegheny County.

The LifeSpan HDM kitchen, one of four run by LifeSpan in the southern region of the county, is working out of the Elder-ado building, 320 Brownsville Road, where Lifespan also operates a senior resource center. The new delivery schedule is: Mondays and Wednesdays two meals are delivered; Fridays, one meal is delivered.

Delivery times are between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. If additional food beyond the five meals is required participants should inquire. Meal recipients in most cases will be asked for a suggested monetary donation, but meal provision is not contingent upon the ability to provide the donation. Eligibility requirements are: Adults that are 60 years of age or older, resident of Allegheny County, homebound and unable to shop or to safely prepare their own meal.

If you, a family member, friend or neighbor meet the eligibility requirements to receive home delivered meals, call either Judy McCrum (if living in the Homestead/Clairton region of southeastern Allegheny County) 412-464-1300 ext. 133 or Justine Weber (if living in the Knoxville/Bridgeville region of southwestern Allegheny County) 412-381-3797 and ask for the HDM department.

A short assessment will be completed over the phone.

Volunteers are welcome in all LifeSpan kitchens to help package meals on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. If interested call the numbers listed above.

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