Kaiser Permanente is providing more than $500,000 in support to several senior service organizations that provide delivered, nutritious meal assistance for seniors in Washington state. This support will help ensure seniors will not go hungry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program, called More Than Meals, provides more than a half-million dollars to five partner agencies.

Since early March, Kaiser Permanente has been conducting phone outreach to its senior members to make sure their health care needs are being met and to provide resources and referrals for other basic living needs they may have, according to a press release.

“Food security is a critical health need, and we know our older adults are particularly vulnerable and isolated at this time,” said Dr. Cindy Burdick, medical director, Medicare and Medicaid for Kaiser Permanente Washington. “The More Than Meals program amplifies our commitment to keeping seniors healthy and fit by providing nutritious meals along with an exercise band and instructions to work out at home, as well as ongoing health tips and resources.” 

Agencies receiving additional funding from Kaiser Permanente Washington to ensure ongoing meal support for existing clients and expansion to new clients include: 

• Sound Generations, serving King County. Kaiser Permanente funding will help to provide more than 15,000 meals to more than 4,100 clients.

• Northshore Senior Center, serving north King County. Kaiser Permanente funding will support the expansion of daily meal service by 50 percent, and the opening of a second kitchen, hiring of additional cooks, and support for meal delivery.

• Homage, serving Snohomish County. Kaiser Permanente funding will provide meals for more seniors and support a new software system that Homage is creating to help manage the complex logistics of operating programs at scale and ensure that seniors are able to remain in their homes for as long as possible.

• Senior Services for South Sound, serving Thurston and Mason counties. Kaiser Permanente funding will more than double the number of seniors that Senior Services for South Sound is able to serve dietician-designed healthy meals.

• Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels serving Spokane County.

Kaiser Permanente funding will support meal service and a new ServTracker system that will enable GSCMOW to better serve individual client’s needs and see larger trends among all their clients.

More Than Meals investment will be distributed to the agencies in July.