DC program helps seniors store for wholesome meals
D.C.’s Division of Getting older and Neighborhood Residing is launching a pilot program to assist seniors make the correct dietary selections.
The older you get, the extra essential it’s to remain wholesome.
However particularly now, with inflation being felt at grocery shops, it may be onerous to decide on between more healthy, more-expensive meals and less-healthy, cheaper options.
On Tuesday, D.C.’s Division of Getting older and Neighborhood Residing (DACL) is launching a pilot program to assist seniors make the correct alternative, and it consists of cash to allow them to afford it.
“Going by way of the meals pantries, they offer you numerous canned meals and never essentially stuff you like,” lamented Gloria DuBissette, who lives in Columbia Heights. “With this card, you’ll be capable of go to shops and purchase no matter you need, which is nice.”
That’s the place to begin for this system.
“We’re offering 450 seniors with grocery playing cards which have $125 on them that can be reloaded every month for the following 11 months,” stated Jessica Smith, the interim director of DACL. “They’ll use these funds at any grocery retailer within the District to buy any meals that they select.”
The one situation tied to the funding, which gives the cash on playing cards (you’ll be able to’t take it to an ATM and withdraw the money although) is that the seniors need to attend a sure variety of dietary lessons.
For Lawrence Byrd of Anacostia, that was a perk, not a problem.
“It’s pretty. I believe it’s an actual good program,” stated Byrd. “They’re telling you numerous good issues that you are able to do on your physique and issues that allow you to maintain your self up so you’ll be able to reside longer.”
“You assume that individuals of a sure age have data, however not essentially,” stated DuBissette. “Everyone must be reminded and up to date on how they need to be consuming — notably as you become older, as a result of your diet goes to have an effect on your well being.”
The pilot program includes seniors who meet sure eligibility standards, which incorporates earnings and residency necessities. Additionally they want to have the ability to cook dinner and put together their very own meals.
“These are of us which have constructed the very communities that we’ve come to know and love,” stated Smith. “They’re sensible and they’re competent. They know the selections that they need to make over their dietary well being, and we need to give that energy again to them and actually see how that impacts their well being and psychological well being outcomes.”
She expects that this program can be standard, and the hope is that it will likely be in a position to increase. Whereas it’s too late to enroll in it this 12 months, she harassed there are different types of assist for seniors who want it.
“DACL gives quite a few dietary providers,” stated Smith. “We have now home-delivered meals, we now have congregant eating websites, over 40 websites throughout the District that present individuals with meals. We even have companions all through the group that present produce, grocery supply, issues like that.”
“We need to make it possible for even when somebody needs providers, and now that this program is capped, that we are able to nonetheless get them linked to quite a lot of our diet packages that we offer throughout the District.”
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