Fox 13: MIFA Meals on Wheels makes adjustments to better serve the community during the COVID-19 outbreak

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Fox 13: MIFA Meals on Wheels makes adjustments to better serve the community during the COVID-19 outbreak

MIFA Meals on Wheels makes adjustments to better serve the community during the COVID-19 outbreak

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — MIFA Meals on Wheels staff and volunteers now wear PPE gear to assembling food boxes for seniors having trouble putting food on their table during COVID-19.

The Aging Commission of the Mid-South is an organization that partners with MIFA to help pay for food supplies.

It is estimated that it takes $3,000 to cover a senior’s meal for the year.

Kim Daugherty, director of the Aging Commission of the Mid-South, shared how charities and foodbanks dependent on downers are working hard to keep up operations.

“I can tell you that I do know there’s stress,” Daugherty said. “So, if there are people who have the means to support them, we ask that they do. We here at the Aging Commission received additional funding for the Family First Act and we have given them some additional resources to help out with people”

The costs are expected to climb as the demand for services continues to grow.

Each month MIFIA services more than 2-thousand homebound seniors in the Greater Memphis area and Shelby County.

“There are several hundreds of seniors throughout the community and we’ve added a couple of hundred of more seniors during this time,” Daugherty said.

For now, daily deliveries have stopped to help limit contact with seniors who are extremely vulnerable to the virus.

Daugherty said volunteers and staff are now packing and delivering Monday through Wednesday mornings with frozen and shelf-stable meals.

“If there came a time during the COVID-19 emergency that the drivers couldn’t get to home for an extended period of time for whatever reason those seniors with still have nutrition in their home and it wouldn’t feel like they have to get out and go anywhere to get any food,” Daugherty said.

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