Food shopping and preparation can be hard to do. Especially for older folks, these tasks can become daunting. The Elayne and James Schoke Family Service of Fairfield County (Schoke JFS) is proud to announce the launch of the new Pamela and Michael Hirsch Kosher Home Delivered Meal Program. This unique program combines delivering meals to those for whom food shopping and preparation is a hardship with a visit from the volunteer. Compassion and nourishment, so important to a person’s well-being, are goals of the program.
Jill Knopoff, a Stamford, Connecticut, resident is coordinating the service. Knopoff is a registered dietician with over 25 years experience working in long term care and private practice. Knopoff has volunteered with Schoke JFS for over two years and joined the agency to manage this new program and its volunteers.
Meals are flash-frozen and packaged to be heated in the microwave for maximum convenience. Participants receive seven meals weekly which consist of a main plate with an entree, starch and vegetable. Each recipient will also receive soup, dessert, fruit and bread. All meals will be prepared in the kosher kitchen of the Jewish Senior Services of Bridgeport Assisted Living facility.
An advantage of this program is its flexibility. Recipients are not required to enter into a long term contract. If they choose delivery every other week or any other frequency, this will be permitted. There is a nominal fee of $7.50 per meal and the program is open to anyone living in Fairfield County, Connecticut.
The meal program initiative is seeking volunteers to help with the assembly and delivery of weekly packages. A short orientation will help put the volunteers at ease prior to setting out on their first delivery. Volunteers will reap the benefits of not only bringing food to people, but from building relationships with those who might otherwise be isolated. It’s a win-win situation on so many levels.
Since 1978, Schoke JFS has been all about families and community. Its mission is to sustain families and individuals through all of life’s challenges and build strong, healthy communities. Schoke JFS, an ever-evolving social service agency, responds to situations with the highest degree of professionalism, aiming to bring benefits to those most in need. In addition to providing individualized attention to its clients, Schoke JFS meets the needs of a changing community by adding new programs, such as the new delivery program. As of March 11, Schoke JFS will be in its new location at 196 Greyrock Place, Stamford, Ct. 06901.
By Yvette Finkelstein