Nutrition is an important determinant of health in people older than 65. An 18-year partnership between MAAA and Store to Door provides food access for thousands of older adults living in the Twin Cities.
Store to Door is a nonprofit organization in Roseville, MN. With the help of more than 500 volunteers, Store to Door provides regular personal contact and access to nutritious food for elders who physically can’t shop on their own. “The support from MAAA has allowed Store to Door to deliver food and other essential items that help seniors remain in their homes, choosing what to eat and when to eat it,” said Mary Jo Schifsky, former Executive Director.
Store to Door volunteers deliver more than just groceries. They provide people personalized, reliable access to their shopping choices, making it easier to maintain life at home.
In 2014, MAAA’s awarding of Older Americans Act funds to Store to Door helped support 12,446 deliveries to 598 seniors. Of these, nearly 90 percent live alone and more than 50 percent are 80 and older. Gladys is 89 and has been a Store to Door client for 3 years. “This service helps us stay in our homes. Food is a necessary item and this has been wonderful for me.”