CenCal Health CEO Bob Freeman (left) and Elias Nimeh, Executive Director of Meals That Connect, with refrigerated vans made possible through support from CenCal Health.
Each day, more than 1,800 seniors throughout the San Luis Obispo community receive a free, hot, noontime meal thanks to Meals That Connect.
CenCal Health partners with Meals That Connect, supporting the purchase of two new refrigerated vans to deliver meals safely to senior centers and to homebound seniors.
Through this community partnership, CenCal Health is helping Meals That Connect in their mission to enhance health, restore dignity, promote independence and reduce isolation for aging residents in San Luis Obispo County.
Meals That Connect delivers meals to seniors 60 years of age or older at ten different lunch sites throughout the county. For seniors who are unable to leave their homes, volunteers will personally deliver meals, using those visits as opportunities to check in on the seniors and provide emergency assistance if necessary.
“CenCal Health is proud to sponsor Meals That Connect, with so many of our neighbors depending on their services every day,” said Bob Freeman, CEO of CenCal Health. “Nutrition is a foundation for health, and for vulnerable seniors these daily interactions also serve as a bridge to critical health services and social contact that fosters dignity and well-being.”
About Meals That Connect
Meals That Connect is a nonprofit organization serving daily nutritious meals to seniors in San Luis Obispo County. The organization was founded in 1965 and incorporated as a nonprofit in 1991. In addition to serving noontime meals in ten community service centers around the county, Meals That Connect delivers meals to homebound seniors. The connections made at the community service centers decrease isolation and improve socialization among the senior community. For more information on Meals That Connect, please visit www.mealsthatconnect.org.
About CenCal Health
CenCal Health provides health insurance to the largest number of people on the Central Coast, providing health coverage for approximately 20 percent of residents in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. CenCal Health coverage is accepted by the vast majority of local health providers. CenCal Health also provides education and assistance to its members in order to reduce potential health problems from chronic illness such as diabetes and asthma. For more information, visit www.cencalhealth.org. Find CenCal Health on Facebook.