Michigan recently received additional federal funding to help provide meals to older adults as the state responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. These programs enable Michigan residents 60 years and older to obtain meals through home delivery and pick-up services.
The need for these services has increased as measures to slow transmission of COVID-19 have left many family caregivers unable to assist older loved ones.
To abide by physical distancing of at least 6 feet, meal sites have also been temporarily closed, including the noon-time meal provided at Allen Terrace, the city-owned and operated senior resident community in Northville. Residents registered for the congregate program have been receiving food delivery that covers multiple meals during the week, through the program managed by Wayne County and a local Area Agency on Aging.
Seniors who need extra support at this time can now sign up for assistance, including meal delivery, delivery of non-perishable food items, and daily wellness-check calls, through the MDHHS coronavirus website.
Northville Senior Services, part of the Northville Parks and Recreation Dept., also offers wellness checks conducted by local volunteers. To learn more, contact Joyce Drever at (248) 305-2851 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday or email her at jdrever@ twp.northville.mi.us.