South Bend organization continuing to provide help for senior citizens
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Real Services, a charitable organization in South Bend that provides assistance for the elderly, will continue their Meals on Wheels program despite the coronavirus outbreak.
Meals on Wheels is program that provides food for senior citizens, and since the COVID-19 outbreak, Real Services has been working non-stop to prepare as many meals as necessary.
REAL Service, Inc., will continue to provide services to our clients, many of which are the most vulnerable of the individuals in our community. https://t.co/pAUkcSOxTI— REAL Services (@getREALServices) March 17, 2020
The Director of Nutrition at Real Services, George Hawthorne, says that many of people they serve are unable to leave home, and he emphasized how important it is to deliver food to them.
“Those clients that we have on our list, they can call, give us their grocery list and that we don’t have to spend so much time in their home, get to the grocery store, get their groceries and get back,” Hawthorne said.
Hawthorne also spoke about their plans for the future should the COVID-19 outbreak get any worse.
“For the last three days we have been preparing a ton of meals for our clients to take home to put in their freezer,” Hawthorne said. “They’ll have something there in case we have to shut down because you just never know what’s going to happen.”
Real Services says that they do not anticipate any kind of stoppage to their services.
Real Services oversees and coordinates 20 different programs that assist senior citizens.
President Donald Trump declared a National State of Emergency on March 13 for the outbreak of COVID-19.