Johnson County’s Department on Aging and Human Services made care package deliveries to 670 older adults in Johnson County today, Nov. 23. The county partnered with the Olathe HyVee to deliver the packages free of charge.
HyVee made large drop deliveries to seven participating subsidized senior living housing sites across the county. The AAA Aging Program Manager, Angela Pelger, coordinated with the subsidized senior living centers to receive the care packages.
“The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners have expressed concern about the older adults in our county during COVID-19, and this is one way we can help them during this time,” Pelger said. “A total of $67,000 was allocated from CARES Act funding for the project, so we put together 670 $100 packages of groceries.”
Through the Coronavirus Relief Fund, the CARES Act provides for payments to aid state, local and tribal governments navigating the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. The CARES Act established the $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund. In Johnson County requests for funding are administered by county government.
The AAA Nutrition Program Manager, Stephany Ikpe, selected a variety of items appropriate for the recommended diet of the 60-plus population.
“The items are easy to prepare, have a longer shelf life to stock their shelves for the winter and will help the seniors stretch their dollars,” Pelger noted.
To participate in the project, subsidized senior living sites agreed to provide an on-site coordinator to distribute further to each resident.
George Kinnard, site coordinator for the Sunflower Apartments, noted that many residents have a Social Security income of between $1,000 and $1,200, which must cover rent and health care.
“This effort helps with that and it also keeps them out of the grocery stores for several visits where they might have a chance of being exposed to COVID-19,” Kinnard said. “We are very blessed to live, work and retire in a county that cares about its seniors.”