“Every meal we serve is an absolute necessity,” says Chad Conner, director of the ACTS Community Resource Center. “Without the meal program, these seniors would be isolated in their homes, lonely and afraid to be out. But this program has brought about cool things, like already in the first six months they’ve organized themselves into a buddy system where they look after each other.”
The Elizabeth Jane Bivins Culinary Center has partnered for eight years with the Area Agency on Aging to provide meals for hungry older adults in our community. The FOODNET program provides healthy, hot meals weekly to more than 340 qualified individuals over age 65 at congregate sites and through home delivery six days a week.
In 2016, the Mary E. Bivins Foundation staff actively sought new ways to increase the reach of this program through additional funding from local resources. As a result, High Plains Christian Ministries Foundation partnered with the Bivins Foundation to provide enough annual funding to feed an additional 60 seniors who need a nutritious meal.
In July, the Food with Friends program was launched at two Amarillo locations, ACTS Community Resource Center, 2nd and Louisiana, and St. John Baptist Church, 2301 NW 14th Avenue. Both programs have been a success, meeting a real need and improving the quality of life of those served.