Community Action, Inc. of Rock & Walworth Counties is delivering groceries and supplies to 20 low-income senior citizens in Beloit thanks to an emergency $3,000 grant from Stateline Community Foundation.
“These seniors in the Merrill and Hackett neighborhoods have limited mobility and are part of the most vulnerable population during the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Marc Perry, interim deputy director.
Perry says staff members strategized the deliveries before the government started issuing “Safer At Home” orders.
“We were thinking ahead as we were hearing who was most susceptible to the virus,” he says. “Most of our seniors are on a fixed income and wouldn’t be able to stock up on necessities, especially if people are hoarding. We want them to be able to shelter at home and still have the food and supplies they need.”
Community Action staff members called seniors to gauge what supplies they needed, then put together a standard list with food, vitamin supplements, cleaning supplies and paper products. Up to ten seniors will receive a delivery the week of March 31, and the remaining deliveries are scheduled the week of April 6. Each household will receive one delivery.
The deliveries are made possible by a $3,000 emergency grant from the Stateline Community Foundation through a fund set up to provide additional resources to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.