GFoundation Media Coverage
From GFoundation Board Chair
March 22, 2017
Last week President Trump’s budget eliminated funding to the Meal-On-Wheels programs that many eligible home-bound seniors have been depending on to stave off hunger by receiving home delivered meals. GFoundation is committed to feeding these most vulnerable seniors as we have been doing during the past year because we believe that as a society we need to take care of our seniors. However, we cannot do this alone. We are asking all Americans to join us to decrease senior hunger by donating TODAY or volunteering to deliver meals.
"Together we will overcome the unwarranted government cuts to Meals on Wheels!"
~ Shiao Woo, MD
GFoundation Press Release
March 3, 2016
All homebound seniors needing meal delivery service in Louisville will receive it thanks to an exciting new partnership announced by Mayor Greg Fischer today.
The city's traditional Meals on Wheels program, which is part of Louisville Metro Community Services’ Senior Nutrition Program, delivers hot meals to more than 400 elderly and disabled adults in Louisville each weekday. But increasing demand for meals, combined with rising costs and declining funding, has created a consistent waiting list of approximately 100 qualified seniors.
The new GMeals-On-Wheels will fill this gap by delivering five, freshly prepared chilled meals weekly to seniors on the Meals-On-Wheels waiting list until a spot in the traditional program opens up.
“A nutritious meal is vital for our seniors,” Fischer said. “GMeals-On-Wheels does more than fight hunger by providing a week’s worth of meals. It gives about 100 of our most vulnerable citizens peace of mind with a weekly visit. This is a great example of a public/private partnership delivering a healthy dose of compassion.
”GFoundation, a Louisville-based nonprofit, launched the GMeals-On-Wheels program with support from Republic Bank and Yum! Brands Foundation. GFoundation contracts with GMeals, a healthy meal production company in our community, to produce fresh, healthy meals according to medically recommended guidelines.
"GFoundation and the GMeals-On-Wheels program are committed to addressing the issue of senior hunger in the Louisville community and across the state of Kentucky,” said John Shaw-Woo, founding board member and committee chair for the GFoundation. “We are proud to partner with the Louisville Metro Senior Nutrition Program and Meals on Wheels to meet the needs of this population.”
“We are grateful for this exciting new partnership with GFoundation, which will help many more of our community’s seniors stay healthy and safe at home,” said Eric Friedlander, director of Louisville Metro Community Services. “More than ever, we must join forces to meet the needs of the fastest growing population in America – the elderly - who want to be able to live at home for as long as they can.”
About Louisville Metro Community Services’ Senior Nutrition Program
Louisville Metro Senior Nutrition programs are funded, in part, under a contract with KIPDA and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Cabinet for Health and Family Services with funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Louisville Metro Government and private donations from individuals and families. In addition to providing daily meals, staff and volunteers provide individual interaction and attention to homebound and congregant participants.
The Senior Nutrition Program also sponsors more than 20 senior congregate sites for more active seniors, 60 and older. Sites require a one-day advanced reservation. More information Click Here.
The Senior Nutrition Program is always seeking volunteers to help in a variety of capacities, including meal delivery. For more information about volunteering, call (502) 574-6420.
GFoundation was conceptually created in 2013 by John Shaw-Woo, and in 2015 its executive board was established to focus on the mission of reducing Kentucky poverty associated with hunger, homelessness, mental illness, illiteracy. Today, GFoundation operates two hunger reducing programs focused on homebound seniors and medically-fragile veterans. GMeals-On-Wheels Senior Nutrition Meal Program and The US Veteran Meal Program