Food Delivery Program Second Update
By Eric Gonzalez ~
We at Benefits in Action (BIA) hope you are doing well. For those of you who are regular subscribers to Prime Time for Seniors, you might remember that BIA started a Food Delivery Program in March to meet community need that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to provide you with another update on the progress our Food Delivery Program has made to address food insecurity in the greater metro Denver area.
Our Food Delivery Program has grown more diverse since we wrote our last article regarding the program for PrimeTime Seniors. We partner with numerous restaurants, food banks, senior housing centers, and other organizations to deliver food to homebound older adults and other individuals who are unable to access traditional food pantries. Meals include traditional food boxes, restaurant meals, and special meals for holidays.
We also partner with county workforce centers to put individuals unemployed as a result of the pandemic back to work. We are currently working with both Jefferson and Adams County Workforce Centers for this purpose. The partnerships yield multiple temporary food delivery drivers for the program, some of which have transitioned to permanent roles within BIA, as well as a food delivery coordinator.
However, despite our workforce partnerships, we have experienced a net loss of food delivery drivers due to a lack of volunteers. This has resulted in less food deliveries overall, despite the increasing need for home delivered food. So, if you are interested in volunteering to be a food delivery driver, contact Benefits in Action at 720-221-8354 or email us at email@example.com. Current volunteers report a very rewarding and meaningful experience.
We have reached several important milestones with our Food Delivery Program. We have delivered food to over 7,000 households since the beginning of the pandemic, including older adults, those with disabilities, and families with young children. This translates to thousands of pounds of food being shipped into and out of our warehouse every week. Luckily, our full-time Warehouse Manager is skilled in meeting these and other logistical challenges.
Are you homebound and in need of food? Participation in the program is easy. You can go to our specialized website, www.biaction.org, to sign up for the program. You just need to provide your name, address, phone number and other basic information needed to get food to you as soon as possible. If you do not have access to a computer, you can call BIA at 720-221-8354 and one of our Intake Coordinators will sign you up for the program.
We hope that this update provided you with some useful information about our Food Delivery Program and our efforts to help address food insecurity in the greater metro Denver area. For more information, reach out to BIA at 720-221-8354 or firstname.lastname@example.org.