PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio — Parma Heights Senior Center typically hosts a congregate meal lunch Monday through Friday.
“It’s a socialization program. They come to the center to eat together,” said Trish James, the site coordinator for Parma Heights Senior Center.
In the midst of COVID-19, though, seniors can’t get out and socialize with one another due to social distancing measures, but James said the senior center still wanted to bring the meals to them.
They now deliver meals Monday through Friday to nearly 200 seniors throughout Parma Heights.
The program is donation based with the food coming from the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.
James said they’re delivering the meals to not only make sure the seniors are getting their nutritional needs met, but to let the seniors know that the community is still there for them.
“If they’re not feeling well or they’re sick or they’re anxious or depressed, they have someone that every day is showing up around the same time and asking ‘are you OK?’” she said.
James said the center is also going to begin to deliver emergency food boxes containing pantry items to the seniors starting on April 9. Each box weighs approximately 27 pounds.
If you’d like to donate to the seniors, you can drop off wrapped candy, cards, drawings, or money to the Parma Heights Police Department at 6184 Pearl Road, Parma Heights.