Banfield Charitable Trust has awarded The Salvation Army Golden Diners Senior Nutrition Program a $ 2,500 grant to expand a program that distributes pet food to home bound seniors.
Salvation Army Golden Diners volunteers will begin the partnership by delivering pet food to 111 seniors and their 187 pets next week, July 29 – August 2. The pet food distribution will take place quarterly after that.
According to AARP, almost 9 million seniors either skip meals or purchase low-quality food to make their food supply last longer. Salvation Army Golden Diner volunteers also report their clients share meals with pets, which is why the Golden Diners program has launched pet-food deliveries as part of their program.
“These pets prevent these seniors from experiencing isolation,” explained Major Ken Nicolai, Director of The Salvation Army Golden Diners Program. “They help keep them alert and are good companions for them. That is why we wanted to find a way to help them feed their pets and make sure the senior is getting all the nutrition that is delivered to them in their Golden Diners hot, home delivered meals. Seniors shouldn’t have to choose between a nutritious meal for themselves or their pets.”
Area Banfield Animal Hospitals also conduct pet food collections each winter to help these treasured pets.
Each year, more than 5,000 seniors in Kane and McHenry counties are served by The Salvation Army Golden Diners program. Golden Diners delivers more than 800 meals every day. Homebound seniors receive a friendly visit and a hot, nutritious meal delivered by The Salvation Army. The visit also serves as a daily wellness check. The program helps prevent malnutrition for seniors, as well as avoid institutional care for as long as is safely possible. Golden Diners congregate meals and wellness checks also alleviate seniors’ isolation.
For more information about the Golden Diners Senior Nutrition Program, how to volunteer or support the program in other ways, call (630) 232-6676. Monetary donations can be sent to:
The Salvation Army Golden Diners, 1031 E. State St., Geneva, IL 60134.
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About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army is the largest direct provider of social services to people in need in Greater Chicago. The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division serves people in need in Greater Chicago, northern Illinois and northwestern Indiana. Among the assistance provided are youth programs; early childhood development services; feeding programs for homeless adults, children and seniors; emergency lodging for families and individuals in crisis; disaster relief; senior housing; spiritual counseling and substance abuse rehabilitation programs. For more information about The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division or to donate or volunteer, please visit www.salarmychicago.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-825-2769).
About Banfield Charitable Trust
Banfield Charitable Trust keeps pets and their people together. Since 2004, BCT has been helping vulnerable pet owners such as homebound seniors, the unemployed and the disabled who benefit from the companionship and support of their pet. Through donor support, BCT assists these pet owners struggling to meet their pets’ veterinary and pet care needs and supports innovative local programs that get at the root causes of pet surrender to shelters. Visit www.banfieldcharitabletrust.org to learn more about BCT’s work.