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How You Help: JCC Meal Program Delivers Record Number of Meals During Pandemic
This “new normal” that COVID-19 has created is likely going to continue for the next several months. The Mayerson JCC is helping seniors adjust to that new normal by making sure that all people who need help with nutrition are receiving it. The nonprofit organization provides food through two impactful services: Meals on Wheels and Congregate Meals. Meals on Wheels differs from Congregate Meals as it involves the delivery of kosher meals directly to the recipient’s household; Congregate Meals are normally held daily, in-person at the JCC, allowing the community to enjoy the delicious lunches together.
Your gifts to the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati help support both the Meals on Wheels and Congregate Meals services. Susan Bradley-Meyer, the Director of the 60 & Better Department at the JCC said, “Kosher meals are very expensive and we rely on the Federation’s support to be able to ensure food on the table for our community. Without the Federation’s funding, we wouldn’t be able to provide either of these vital services.” She went on to say, “It’s amazing what we’ve been able to accomplish and the sheer number of lives we’ve touched. It’s hard we don’t get to see their smiling faces within our doors, but we are working as a team to look out for our community and keep them all safe.”
As the pandemic shook the lives of those around us in March 2020, the Mayerson JCC anticipated and planned for the significant disruption this would have on both services. Your gifts to the Federation helped the 60 & Better Department create 14-day meal boxes for the kosher clients, as well as another round for the Meals on Wheels participants—sending out meals to the in-need clients just as the governor shut down senior centers statewide.
The community has shown great appreciation for all their hard work. Ellison explained, “We are overwhelmed with the number of clients who have written little notes to say thank you for what these meals mean to them.” He continued to describe one couple, in particular, who extended their thanks, “They can’t leave their house much because of the pandemic and so it’s nice for them to not only to be getting the food deliveries, but also to have the opportunity to see someone and to talk to someone. Knowing their story and how much even just the interaction of dropping off the meals means to them, means so much to me. We give people so much more than food through these meal deliveries—we give them hope, and being part of that is an amazing feeling.”
These unprecedented times have resulted in an increased number of people needing meals. Through your gifts to the Federation, the Mayerson JCC was provided with the vital resources required to help the community when it needed it most. This serves as a testament to how much can be accomplished together, as one unified community.
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