STATEWIDE – The Mills Administration announced it will give more than half million dollars in Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) to continue providing older Mainers and caregivers with meals.
During Wednesday’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s briefing Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew said programs, such as Meals on Wheels, have been providing food, social interaction and wellness visits for people staying home throughout the pandemic.
She said Maine’s Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) have expanded these programs with CARES Act funding, but that is running out.
“The number of older adults and caregivers receiving home delivered meals and the number of home delivered meals itself has doubled during the pandemic to more than 5,500 people and 102,000 meals provided in the month of October alone,” Lambrew said.
Lambrew said the new funding of $536,000 dollars will allow Maine’s Area Agencies on Aging to continue providing these services into 2021.