At the closing of County of Hawai'i Senior Nutrition Congregate Meal sites, social distancing and the higher risk of the elderly to COVID-19, HCEOC converted its senior transportation program from transporting low-income elderly to food programs and grocery stores to transporting food to the elderly. This adaptation of service delivery method married our food service program, which makes school lunches, with our transportation program. In the beginning we anticipated delivering 645 frozen meals (5 meals per senior) to roughly 129 seniors currently participating in the program who reside on the Hamakua Coast.
However, we have tripled our initial estimation. HCEOC’s food service program is preparing 2,540 meals per participant and delivering to each participant’s house. HCEOC has also partnered with a local grocery store chain to provide grocery delivery service and fresh produce delivery.
Beginning the week of May 4th we will increase service to South Kona with 250 meals.