Volunteers of America receive supplemental food grant

Feb 12, 2014
Dennis Smith, a resident of Rocky Coast affordable senior housing program in Thomaston, stands with food donations made to the program through BJs Charitable Foundation.

Volunteers of America Northern New England recently received $5,000 from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation to provide supplemental food to residents of eight affordable senior housing programs in Maine, including the Thomaston location.

“During the winter, it is more difficult for the seniors to secure the food necessary to meet dietary needs,” said June Koegel, president and chief executive officer of Volunteers of America Northern New England. “These funds will allow us to purchase high protein, high quality food to ensure that our residents can prepare nutritionally balanced meals, especially at the end of the month when personal funds are at their lowest. We are grateful to BJ’s Charitable Foundation for the valuable contribution to food security for our seniors. We can’t do it alone – it takes partners in the business and faith community working with us to make sure our seniors have the food they need every month”

“BJ’s Charitable Foundation is dedicated to supporting hunger prevention, self sufficiency, healthcare and education in the communities surrounding our Clubs,” said Jessica Newman, executive director of BJ’s Charitable Foundation. “BJ’s Charitable Foundation donated a total of $754,220 to 108 nonprofit charitable organizations in our communities during this grant cycle, and we hope these donations benefit the incredible efforts of our partners working to impact the lives of individuals and families and enable them to continue to provide crucial service to those in need.”

Volunteers of America Northern New England helps the most vulnerable people rebuild their lives. The faith based organization operates 30 programs in Maine and New Hampshire, including 10 affordable senior housing facilities that provide safe, secure, and affordable apartment homes for seniors. The organization is always looking for donations of non perishable food items to stock senior pantries at each of their locations in Thomaston, Belfast, Bangor, Augusta, Topsham, Peak’s Island, Portland, Loudon, N.H. and Saco.

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