The Community Foundation awarded two grants to The Warm Hearth Foundation to help fund two new programs for seniors at the Blacksburg retirement community.
One grant will help with the costs associated with bringing The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) for low-income residents to Warm Hearth. The Warm Hearth Foundation and Feeding America Southwest Virginia are partners in this program to improve the health of low-income seniors, ages 60 and over, by supplementing their diets with nutritional foods from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Once a month, 83 eligible residents receive a 30-lb. package containing dry milk, canned vegetables, canned fruit, cereal, rice, healthy grains and proteins. While the packages do not constitute a complete diet, they do help provide nutrients beneficiaries may be lacking. The grant money will pay for food transportation and storage, and annual membership with Feeding America for five years.
The second grant will go toward the Seniors & Kids In Play (SKIP) Program formerly known as Foster Grandparents and help with the costs of museum staff, program development, admission, transportation and supplies. The Children’s Museum of Blacksburg and Warm Hearth Village expanded the existing program to work together on this intergenerational collaborative endeavor that also includes Head Start children from Blacksburg and Christiansburg. Village residents and children from Head Start meet at the museum, and all benefit from the social engagement through creative play, crafting, and games.
Amy Webb, Associate Director of Development says, “We are thrilled and grateful to receive this funding from the Community Foundation. The programs these grants will help to support provide enrichment to our residents in ways that far exceed the associated costs.”