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New Public Private Partnership to Provide Senior Nutrition Services!

Posted on: June 24th, 2015 by Auburn Harrison No Comments

NEW PARTNERSHIP SERVES NUTRITIOUS MEALS TO SENIORS

WASHOE COUNTY AND CATHOLIC CHARITIES TO PROVIDE SENIOR NUTRITION PROGRAM STARTING JULY 1ST

 

 

Reno, Nevada. June 24, 2015. In an effort to continue providing quality service and keep up with a local  increase in the need for senior meal services, Washoe County and Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada are teaming up to offer  the senior nutrition program, including the  congregate meal and home-delivered Meals on Wheels programs.

 

The Washoe County Board of County Commissioners approved the new partnership at the June 23 meeting. By combining efforts, Washoe County and Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada hope to reduce meal production costs and provide more meals to homebound residents and senior citizens. Currently, Washoe County serves more than 335,000 meals per year to seniors through the home-delivered Meals on Wheels program. Partnering with Catholic Charities will allow the two groups to serve an additional 70,000 meals.

“We are so excited about this collaboration and the opportunity to better serve our local seniors. This program is a perfect fit for our agency because we are already feeding thousands of people in our community and seniors make up a large portion of our clientele. Our plan is to not only increase meals, but also to eventually be able to increase activities at the local senior centers and even begin offering low income housing options for seniors,” says Peter Vogel, CEO of Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada.

 

The meal programs are available to seniors who meet the eligibility requirements. The partnership program will start July 1, 2015.

 

“At the heart of our decision to partner with Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada is our seniors and how Washoe County can continue meeting the needs of a growing senior population as well as maintain a high level of service our valued seniors have grown accustom to receiving,” said Assistant County Manager Kevin Schiller. “This move will expand important services, allowing us to serve more seniors the nutritious meals they need to help them live a happy and healthy life.”

The transition of the senior nutrition program includes the following services:

Congregate Meal Program: The program provides one meal per day to seniors 60+ and qualified individuals (spouse of a senior, disabled living at a nutrition site, or disabled dependent on a senior). A hot meal or fresh salad is provided Monday through Friday at ten senior meal locations.  Monthly menus are available online (May, June) or at each meal site location. With the exception of the Washoe County Senior Center, reservations must be made by 9 a.m. on the desired day.

Home Delivered Meals:  Provides delivery of meals to homebound seniors 60+ who are unable to participate in the Washoe County Senior Services Congregate Meal program due to an illness or a disability. Meals provided are in accordance with established dietary guidelines and food safety standards. The suggested voluntary contribution is $2 per meal. Self-addressed stamped envelopes are provided by the meal delivery drivers for contributions to be mailed to Washoe County Senior Services.

 

For more information, see the list of frequently asked questions.

Contacts:

Nancy Leuenhagen, Washoe County Communications & Engagement Manager, at 775.328.2069 Auburn Harrison, Director of Marketing & Public Relations for Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada, at 775.322.7073 ext. 235

FAQ’S:

Q: Why is this change taking place?

A: Due to the growing senior population and an increase in the need for senior meal services, Washoe County is seeking an opportunity to create long term sustainability of the senior nutrition program. By partnering with Catholic Charities, an established non-profit organization, we hope to reduce meal production costs while providing more meals to participants of the congregate and Meals on Wheels programs.

Q: What is Catholic Charities?

A: Known to many people simply as “St. Vincent’s,” Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada (CCNN) is an independent, 501c3 non-profit organization that has been providing meals, clothing, shelter and other human services to local residents since 1941. They serve all people, regardless of race, religion, age or background. CCNN is very experienced in food production and service, and currently operates two large-scale food service programs. Combined, the St. Vincent’s Dining Room and the St. Vincent’s Food Pantry provide more than 425,000 each month to local men, women, children and seniors.

Q: Will I still get my daily meals?

A: Yes. There will be no interruption in service for Meals on Wheels clients or seniors who gather to eat at the congregate meal sites. In consultation with an on-staff dietician, Catholic Charities will continue providing delicious, nutritious meals to our clients using a prescribed list of essential nutrients that are proportional to the needs of seniors.  

Q: Will I be charged to participate in the congregate or meals on wheels programs?

A: The congregate and Meals on Wheels programs are available to seniors or disabled individuals who meet the following eligibility requirements:

Home-delivered Meals on Wheels participants must be 60 years of age or older, homebound due to illness, disability or geographic isolation and unable to attend a congregate meal site.

Congregate meal participants must be 60 years of age or older, the spouse of an individual who is 60 years of age or older, a person with a disability who resides with an individual 60 years of age or older, or an individual of any age who provides volunteer services during congregate meal hours.The suggested donation for program participants is $2.00 per meal. Individuals under the age of 60 are invited to participate in the programs for a charge of $4.00 per meal.

Q: Will my meals be different than before?

A: Yes, the recipes and menu cycles will change slightly when Catholic Charities takes over kitchen and delivery operations, but the changes will be positive. CCNN has been working very closely with and adopting the best practices of Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, which provides more than 500,000 home-delivered meals each year to Las Vegas seniors. Our agency has a longstanding commitment to fighting hunger and improving nutrition for low-income and fixed-income residents, as well as nearly 75 years of experience with feeding people. Clients should not notice an immediate difference in their meal program until we have completed the transition and are able to begin improving meals and recipes based on client feedback and best practices. We plan to create a menu filled with healthy and tasty meals that are similar to the menu choices you are used to eating, but with improvements in taste and quality.

Q: Will the congregate meals be the same as the daily meal served at the St. Vincent’s Dining Room off Fourth Street?

A: No. Much of the food used to prepare meals at St. Vincent’s Dining Room comes from private donations from local restaurants, grocery stores and other local businesses. Congregate meals in our senior centers will be prepared using a pre-scheduled menu and ingredients purchased from an established food vendor. The menu items will be determined based on senior nutritional guidelines and a goal of serving clients a variety of delicious, quality food. Catholic Charities will be adding new menu items and exciting salad entrees to the senior nutrition menu.

Q: Will my delivery days change?

A: Due to potential for growth in the number of home-delivered meals, there may be changes to the delivery days and times for home-bound seniors. Catholic Charities and Washoe County are working together to make the transition as seamless as possible, and will notify clients in writing and by telephone of any changes in their delivery schedule.

Q: Will there be new kitchen staff and drivers also?

A: The majority of the current staff will continue providing your daily meals and deliveries, although you may see new faces. The experience and expertise of Catholic Charities allows for the potential to provide more than just a daily meal to seniors. As Catholic Charities becomes acquainted with seniors who participate in the Meals on Wheels and congregate meal programs, they plan to extend some additional programs to seniors, such as haircuts, free pet food and additional services on a case-by-case basis.

Q: Who can I call if I have questions?

A: If you have additional questions, please call: 775-328-2575.

 

 

SPECIAL NOTICE:

 Starting July 1st, Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada                           will begin operation of Washoe County senior nutrition services,                           to include both home-delivered “Meals on Wheels”                                 and congregate meals in our local senior centers.          

 

Q: Why is this change taking place?

A: Due to the growing senior population and an increase in the need for senior meal services, Washoe County is seeking an opportunity to create long term sustainability of the senior nutrition program. By partnering with Catholic Charities, an established non-profit organization, we hope to reduce meal production costs while providing more meals to participants of the congregate and Meals on Wheels programs.

Q: What is Catholic Charities?

A: Known to many people simply as “St. Vincent’s,” Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada (CCNN) is an independent, 501c3 non-profit organization that has been providing meals, clothing, shelter and other human services to local residents since 1941. They serve all people, regardless of race, religion, age or background. CCNN is very experienced in food production and service, and currently operates two large-scale food service programs. Combined, the St. Vincent’s Dining Room and the St. Vincent’s Food Pantry provide more than 425,000 each month to local men, women, children and seniors.

Q: Will I still get my daily meals?

A: Yes. There will be no interruption in service for Meals on Wheels clients or seniors who gather to eat at the congregate meal sites. In consultation with an on-staff dietician, Catholic Charities will continue providing delicious, nutritious meals to our clients using a prescribed list of essential nutrients that are proportional to the needs of seniors.  

Q: Will I be charged to participate in the congregate or meals on wheels programs?

A: The congregate and Meals on Wheels programs are available to seniors or disabled individuals who meet the following eligibility requirements:

Home-delivered Meals on Wheels participants must be 60 years of age or older, homebound due to illness, disability or geographic isolation and unable to attend a congregate meal site.

Congregate meal participants must be 60 years of age or older, the spouse of an individual who is 60 years of age or older, a person with a disability who resides with an individual 60 years of age or older, or an individual of any age who provides volunteer services during congregate meal hours.

 

The suggested donation for program participants is $2.00 per meal. Individuals under the age of 60 are invited to participate in the programs for a charge of $4.00 per meal.

Q: Will my meals be different than before?

A: Yes, the recipes and menu cycles will change slightly when Catholic Charities takes over kitchen and delivery operations, but the changes will be positive. CCNN has been working very closely with and adopting the best practices of Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, which provides more than 500,000 home-delivered meals each year to Las Vegas seniors. Our agency has a longstanding commitment to fighting hunger and improving nutrition for low-income and fixed-income residents, as well as nearly 75 years of experience with feeding people. Clients should not notice an immediate difference in their meal program until we have completed the transition and are able to begin improving meals and recipes based on client feedback and best practices. We plan to create a menu filled with healthy and tasty meals that are similar to the menu choices you are used to eating, but with improvements in taste and quality.

Q: Will the congregate meals be the same as the daily meal served at the St. Vincent’s Dining Room off Fourth Street?

A: No. Much of the food used to prepare meals at St. Vincent’s Dining Room comes from private donations from local restaurants, grocery stores and other local businesses. Congregate meals in our senior centers will be prepared using a pre-scheduled menu and ingredients purchased from an established food vendor. The menu items will be determined based on senior nutritional guidelines and a goal of serving clients a variety of delicious, quality food. Catholic Charities will be adding new menu items and exciting salad entrees to the senior nutrition menu.

Q: Will my delivery days change?

A: Due to potential for growth in the number of home-delivered meals, there may be changes to the delivery days and times for home-bound seniors. Catholic Charities and Washoe County are working together to make the transition as seamless as possible, and will notify clients in writing and by telephone of any changes in their delivery schedule.

Q: Will there be new kitchen staff and drivers also?

A: The majority of the current staff will continue providing your daily meals and deliveries, although you may see new faces. The experience and expertise of Catholic Charities allows for the potential to provide more than just a daily meal to seniors. As Catholic Charities becomes acquainted with seniors who participate in the Meals on Wheels and congregate meal programs, they plan to extend some additional programs to seniors, such as haircuts, free pet food and additional services on a case-by-case basis.

Q: Who can I call if I have questions?

A: If you have additional questions, please call: 775-328-2575.

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