In 2020, our nutrition programs served 3,353 homebound Rhode Islanders across the state from Woonsocket to Westerly.
At Centreville Bank we believe that helping to improve the economic security of Rhode Islanders is an important and fundamental investment in our communities. Our community investment priorities are focused on programs that work to increase the stability for low-income individuals and families through wrap-around programs and supports , specifically in the areas that focus on food insecurity and elderly safety and well-being.
Economic Security Profile: Meals on Wheels
Since 1969, Meals on Wheels of RI programs have worked to address the issues of food insecurity and social isolation that increase risk factors for loss of independence amongst older adults.
Now in its 52nd year, the Home-Delivered Meal Program remains the only nonprofit meal delivery program of its kind in Rhode Island, serving seniors statewide with complete and nutritious, fully prepared meals, five days per week. Each home-delivered meal is accompanied by a vital well-being check that provides a critical opportunity for socialization with friendly drivers, and in many cases has saved a life.
Since 2015, the Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation has funded the Emergency Meal Program at Meals on Wheels, which provides clients with a box of food that supplies five complete and nutritious meals. The meals ensure every home-bound senior in the program has access to healthy food during the harsh winter months should unforeseen circumstances such as, inclement weather, prevent daily meal delivery. It offers the peace of mind they will have enough to eat if drivers cannot safely deliver a meal to them. The meals come in easy-to-open containers, do not require refrigeration, and have at last a six-month shelf life. Meal items include canned pastas, soups, peanut butter, crackers, and canned fruits.
“The pandemic has unfortunately exacerbated the ongoing challenges already felt by so many to meet basic needs, and in particular, food insecurity for an already vulnerable population. We are very proud to continue to partner with Meals on Wheels in this work, making sure that seniors in our state do not go without. “ Hal Horvat
Meals on Wheels delivers thousands of meals in Rhode Island every year from Woonsocket to Westerly allowing seniors to safely age in place, living in their own homes, with dignity, increased health, and care. “It is because of strong partnerships such as ours with Centreville Bank that our work within the last year to build awareness, both of our critical work, and the need for funding to support it, that we have been successful in serving our clients who are homebound, and unable to safely leave the home on their own, and safely shop for and/or cook a meal for themselves. We’re thankful for Centreville Bank’s commitment to Meals on Wheels and ongoing support” - Meg Grady, CEO