Seattle City Council
5/1/2006 9:23:00 AM
Mike Fong (206) 684-8808
FOOD NOW DELIVERED TO HOMES OF SEATTLE’S HOMEBOUND
Council meets nutritional needs of elderly, disabled and seriously ill
SEATTLE – Over 800 Seattle homebound senior, disabled and seriously ill people will have food delivered to their homes beginning this spring. $200,000 for these food delivery programs was funded by the Council during the 2006 budget process last fall. Today, the Council’s Housing, Human Services and Health Committee approved the plan that will accomplish that goal, to be carried out by seven non-profit agencies citywide.
“The last thing our homebound seniors and anyone living with a serious illness should have to worry about is whether they have enough food to eat,” said Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, chair of the committee. “It’s time we committed to meeting such a basic need for so many in our communities.”
The City’s Human Services Department conducted a competitive process for the distribution of this funding last March and now announces the agencies that will participate in the program. They are:
- Jewish Family Service: serving 250 senior households on Capitol Hill;
West Seattle Food Bank: doubling grocery bags (75 to 150) to families each week;
Volunteers of America – Greenwood Food Bank: adding to 45 households monthly;
Family Works: delivering to 25 homebound people monthly;
Lifelong AIDS Alliance: delivering meals to 200 new households and providing meals designed for individual health needs;
Northwest Community Services: adding 50 homebound seniors and people with disabilities in South Seattle; and
Fremont Public Association: reaching about 300 seniors and people with disabilities from five food banks
The contracts for these services are expected to be signed no later than May 5. Funding represents part of the $2 million added for social services by the City Council in the 2006 city budget.