WestCOP is honored to have been selected as the recipient of a $25,000 grant from Field Hall Foundation as part of its Spring 2022 Grant Awards. The grant will support supplemental monthly nutritional assistance to senior citizens served through WestCOP’s Putnam, Eastchester, White Plains and New Rochelle CAP sites. Food security is a social determinant of health. Low-income food insecure seniors are known to have lower nutrient intakes, due to higher costs associated with purchasing fresh, healthy food, which leads to greater health issues. Funds from Field Hall Foundation will be used to purchase foods that are high in nutrients such as fresh organic produce, whole-grain breads, low sodium foods, low-fat dairy items, and lean meats. These foods will be provided monthly to seniors, whose total household income is within 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, thereby increasing their nutrient level and overall health. All recipients will be pre-screened to determine income eligibility and will be provided with information/education on other services provided by WestCOP as well as other community resources that they may be eligible for. The project will be piloted for one year, beginning July 1, 2022. WestCOP recognizes that poverty is both a cause and a consequence of poor health. Healthy eating is a vital part of living a healthy lifestyle, as it helps reduce the risk of chronic diseases. The funds from Field Hall Foundation are so appreciated and further support our efforts in addressing both food security and nutritional health for our most vulnerable community members.
Field Hall Foundation is a private foundation whose mission is to improve the lives of older adults and their caregivers in Dutchess, Putnam, and Westchester counties. $309, 265 was awarded during its Spring 2022 grant cycle. To learn more about Field Hall Foundation, visit their website at www.fieldhallfoundation.org
FIELD HALL FOUNDATION CLIENT TESTIMONIALS
I am grateful for the extra fresh vegetables. I need them and getting them through CAP helps me not have to change my shopping budget.
-77-year-old Brewster resident
The gift cards have been very helpful. I can buy things the pantry doesn’t always have. The staff at the grocery store are very nice and treat me just like everyone else because I’m paying with a gift card and not a voucher.
-68-year-old Lake Peekskill resident
I am diabetic so I need to watch what I eat. I like the extra vegetables I get at the pantry. Now with the gift cards I can buy even more of them. Thank you.
- 78-year-old Carmel resident
You are angels. CAP is a very special place, thank you. I can only give you blessings.
- 68-year-old Brewster resident