County Seeks to Ensure Low-Income, Homebound Seniors Have Fresh, Local Produce
June 23, 2011 (San Diego) -- On Thursday June 15th, the County of San Diego is launched More on the Menu (MOM), a community-supported program that will deliver fresh, locally grown produce to the neediest of the County’s elderly home-delivered meal clients. Program recipients are homebound and unable to buy fruits and vegetables for themselves. The weekly bag of fresh produce will provide healthy snacks and supplement the nutritious lunch-time meal these older adults already receive.
Research has shown the great importance of adding more fresh fruits and vegetables to our diets—especially for those whose health is at risk. As part of the County’s “Live Well, San Diego!” initiative to Build Better Health throughout the region, the MOM program will provide homebound elderly and disabled access to more fresh produce all year long.The More On the Menu program is part of Meals On the Move, a nonprofit, administered by the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, Aging & Independence Services. Program donations up to $50,000 will be matched by the Gary and Mary West Foundation.
Members of the community may make donations through www.GivetoMOM.org. For senior dining options that are currently serving clients, they may visithttp://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/hhsa/programs/ais/nutrition_services/index.html.