JFCS Mercer County has offered a "Healthy Choice" Kosher brick and mortar food pantry at their location on Alexander Road for the past twenty years, allowing economically disenfranchised, food insecure clients to shop and select their food. In 2018, JFCS expanded the reach of their food pantry by taking it "on the road" and creating Healthy@Home, a program for low-income, homebound seniors. Healthy@Home supplements hot Kosher meals delivered by volunteers to the homes of isolated, homebound, low-income seniors, with fresh produce, refrigerated fresh and frozen foods, and specialty food items based on dietary needs and allergies. Several of these clients had previously been food pantry clients and as they have aged in place, are now homebound. The program was developed in response to those survey comments that spoke of limited mobility to walk grocery aisles, carry bags up several flights of stairs, and an inability to prepare and cook foods.
Presenters: Beth Englezos, Manager of Senior & Hunger Prevention and Michelle Napell, Executive Director