Did you know that Greater Victoria has one of the country’s highest numbers of seniors over the age of 65?

Along with that, it’s reported that half of people over the age of 80 feel lonely.

Many seniors in the Capital Regional District (CRD) are already experiencing extreme loneliness and isolation, malnutrition or food insecurity, mobility issues and limited income that greatly impacts their physical, mental and emotional well-being.

This has been compounded by COVID-19.

Seniors isolation is not often talked about but it is very real, and it is especially alive in Victoria; but thankfully, United Way Greater Victoria has put programs in place to help.

Thanks to their More than Meals program, seniors are getting healthy meals delivered to their homes. Not only that – they are receiving critically important social visits and connections.

Since launching More than Meals in March 2020, United Way’s program has grown from delivering 200 meals a week to 1,200 meals a week for seniors in the CRD.

More than Meals initially launched with support from the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund, but with an anticipated surge of COVID-19 this fall and winter, United Way is looking for contributions to help maintain this program into the future.

Here’s how you can help:

  • For a donation of $100/month or $1200/year, you can provide 10 isolated seniors with regular meals, reassurance calls, and assistance with errands and appointments
  • For a donation of $50/month or $600/year, you can provide 5 isolated seniors with one healthy meal and one friendly visit per month
  • For a donation of $10/month or $120/year, you can provide 1 isolated senior with one healthy meal and one friendly visit per month

United Way Greater Victoria has narrowed their focus in direct response to COVID-19 to help their community recover and rebuild.

In the coming weeks, we will highlight their areas of action, each with signature initiatives, which you can donate to in order to assist those most vulnerable.

United Way of Greater Victoria

Click here to donate today and help ensure our most vulnerable seniors get the support they need!

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