Our goal for Connecting Hearts is to provide low income, home bound seniors with companionship and human interaction along with nutritious bag of groceries.
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Much like Mobile Meals home food deliveries, seniors will be provided groceries through the Connecting Hearts program, additionally our Senior Visitors will also spend quality time with their designated senior companion.
When we began our kick-off to Connecting Hearts in October 2015, Mobile Meals identified 40 of their most high-risk seniors in the area. While that number is sure to grow, our first goal is to connect each of our 40 seniors with a volunteer that will not only fill their stomachs, but also their hearts with a weekly visit.
On October 27, WBIR employees will be signing up volunteers, taking food and monetary donations at several Knoxville-area Kroger stores as part of Make a Difference Day.
Connecting Hearts food drive - Friday, October 27, 2017 from 1-5 p.m.
Kroger Fountain City - 5201 N. Broadway Street
Kroger South Knox - 4409 Chapman Hwy.
Kroger Powell - 234 E. Emory Rd.
Kroger Bearden - 4918 Kingston Pike
There are three ways you can help with the Connecting Hearts program.
BECOME A SENIOR VISITOR
Our Senior Visitors commit to one hour per week for a six-month duration.
Senior Visitors can join as an individual or as a group. (Examples of groups: Girl Scout Troops/co-workers/ball teams)
Duties include picking up of pre-packed groceries and delivering to assigned senior buddy once a week for a one-hour visit. (Ideally on evenings & weekends).
Mobile Meals will arranged visitation time/date with regards to volunteers schedule.
BECOME A GROCERY PACKER
Our Grocery Packers commit to 2-3 hours, once per month
Duties include packing grocery bags filled with food staples to be delivered by our Senior Visitors
BECOME A DONATOR
It takes $2000/month to support the weekly grocery deliveries to our Connecting Hearts seniors.
DONATE FUNDS OR FOOD
You can make a secure donation directly to Mobile Meals to support Connecting Hearts here.
To find a list of approved food items, click here.
Connecting Hearts is a partnership between WBIR, CAC Office on Aging, Mobile Meals and Second Harvest of East Tennessee.