On Wednesday May 6, staff from the Downtown Spokane Partnership (DSP) traveled to Mid-City Concerns senior center to deliver a donation to Meals on Wheels Spokane. The DSP staff held a drive to gather personal care items such as soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and deodorant to be given to the program’s elderly population. Also included in the donation were shelf-stable food items, pet food, crossword books, and PPE masks.

“While our organization is working daily to maintain the vitality of our city center and its businesses, we also wanted to find a way to actively help our fellow community members,” said DSP President and CEO, Mark Richard. “We’re very proud to have been able to support the mission of Meals on Wheels and those it serves.”

Meals on Wheels is a national program dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. Through its staff and volunteers, it delivers nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity.

Recently, due to COVID-19, Meals on Wheels is only delivering meals to their clients one time per week, leaving homebound seniors with little contact with the outside world. In response, the nonprofit has created new programs to help battle the heightened social isolation their elderly clients are experiencing. Meals on Wheels is asking the community for donated items to fill “Gift Boxes” that will be delivered to its seniors to help ward off the harmful effects of social isolation.

Help support Meals on Wheels’ mission by donating or volunteering your time. Visit their website here.