The Seniors Foundation is fundraising for a new or slightly used transport van that will be used to deliver over 50,000 meals a year to senior citizens in Lincoln and Lancaster County.
The Aging Partners nutrition program provides good nutrition for seniors, an important element for overall good health and wellness and the management of chronic health conditions. Last year, Aging Partners provided 50,000 meals to 821 people age 60 or older in Lincoln and Lancaster County. This is the only nutritious meal of the day for many seniors, including 55% of those served in poverty and homeless seniors at the downtown Lincoln location.
Aging Partners has previously relied upon an over sized, inadequate one-ton truck to deliver daily meals to Senior Center locations throughout Lancaster County. This truck had to be retired from service in 2017 because it was too big to maneuver the narrow alley dock behind Aging Partner’s central kitchen at 1005 O Street, had an odometer reading of 183,400 miles, and was regularly incurring high maintenance costs. Currently, Aging Partners borrows vans or has staff carry food using their personal vehicles, though neither are set up deliver food in multiple large carriers.
Although Aging Partners is a city agency, it relies upon a mix of local, state and federal funding to operate. All budgeted dollars are focused on supporting operations, so the agency relies on donations and supplemental funding from the Seniors Foundation for programming needs, like replacement of the meal delivery van, which is the focus of this funding request.
For use in Lancaster County Nebraska (Lincoln, Waverly, Firth, Hickman & Bennett). Activity Description: The Seniors Foundation would like to purchase a dependable, smaller van that can be outfitted to transport proper food carriers that can meet regulatory requirements for the proper transportation of the meals meeting regulatory requirements safely and dependably. The van will be wrapped in signage clearly marking it as meal delivery for Aging Partners and