Meals on Wheels Chicago launches food pantry to help more city seniors

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Meals on Wheels in Chicago is launching a food pantry to expand its services to more of the city’s older residents.

The Nourish Chicago Food Pantry is for people 60 or older who need help stretching their grocery budget but aren’t eligible for the Meals on Wheels delivery service.

“We had conversations with people about what they were doing before they could enroll in the program, and found that they were constantly struggling to make ends meet and put off buying premium products. necessities like medicine just to be able to afford food,” Ellen said. Bouleanu, spokesperson for Meals on Wheels Chicago.

The pantry, which will be open on the fourth Tuesday of the month, will offer fresh produce and other food items as well as pet food and preventative pet medications.

The official pantry launch is from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23 at the Central West Senior Center, 2102 W. Ogden Ave. About 150 people were served each month during the pantry tests in May, June and July. .

The pantry launch is also a small celebration of the Chicago Chapter’s 35th anniversary.

Meals on Wheels is a delivery service that brings healthy meals to seniors who cannot prepare their own meals due to illness or disability.

Meals on Wheels Chicago developed the food pantry in partnership with the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, who also saw the need for a food pantry to help Chicago’s older residents.

“At the start of this year, with rising inflation hitting the cost of food so dramatically, we thought the time was right,” Bouleanu said. “We were able to dedicate some of our resources to getting this started thanks to the unprecedented level of support we received from the community during the pandemic.”

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