Waynesburg, PA— Blueprints has received a $10,000 grant award through the Community Foundation of Greene County to support the Home Delivered Meals program.

Blueprints’ Home Delivered Meals Program is an exceedingly valuable asset to the community, providing over 66,000 meals per year to Greene County’s older population, which are delivered by volunteer drivers. Home delivered meals provide a community-based and community-supported system for helping people remain independent in their homes. Volunteers provide a safety check, assess “changes in condition” and report concerns to trained staff, who then provide linkages to needed services.

Addressing social determinants of health (hunger, nutrition, social isolation) and improving access to care through community-based “change of condition” monitoring can significantly reduce the burden of chronic conditions. Proper nutrition is vital to older adults maintaining independence in their communities. “Many negative health related issues associated with aging can be controlled and even delayed through healthier eating habits,” said Blueprints Chief Executive Officer, Darlene Bigler.

Blueprints will use the support from the Community Foundation of Greene County to purchase program supplies for our Home Delivered Meals program, including the insulated meal containers, and to maintain our central kitchen van which transports food between the centers.

The Home Delivered Meals program is funded, in part, under a contract with the Southwestern Pennsylvania Area Agency on Aging through a grant from the PA Department of Aging, and the Greene County United Way.

For information on the Home Delivered Meals program or Blueprints other services and resources, visit www.myblueprints.org or contact Blueprints at 877-814-0788 ext. 543, 724-852-2893 ext. 543, or at info@myblueprints.org.