The new program is designed for individuals who are physically unable to access the agency’s food bank, which serves an average of 75 families per week.
“We’ve been getting a lot of calls from home health agencies and hospices saying they had people who needed food, but they couldn’t come get it,” said director Lona Courington. “The food we had wouldn’t really be appropriate for them either because they couldn’t stand on their feet long enough to do a meal.”
The Walker Area Community Foundation provided a $15,000 grant to establish the homebound food service program. A maximum of 12 individuals will be served each week.
The program will be limited to low-income clients who live north and west of the Warrior River.
Applications are being accepted now. A coordinator will visit each client in his or her home to fill out the necessary paperwork.
Once the program begins on Aug. 1, individuals who are qualified will have meals delivered to their home each Thursday that can be easily prepared and also meet their dietary needs.
Courington said the Salvation Army is in need of volunteers to make the deliveries.
For more information, call 221-7730.