Providing Oakville Seniors with Healthy Choices

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Sarah McPherson

Sarah McPherson

Sarah is a veteran communications, fundraising and marketing professional with over 20 years’ experience working in the corporate and not-for-profit industry. Sarah has helped lead organizations through branding campaigns, fundraising events and annual campaigns, along with community-at-large special events. She is the Director of Communication and Development for the Oakville Community Foundation.

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One of the collaborative projects funded by the Oakville Community Foundation is well underway and helping Oakville seniors in the community.

The innovative Bridging the Equity Gap for Vulnerable Seniors program provides Oakville seniors with nutritious food, free of charge. This amazing project is a collaboration between Food for Life, Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network and Community Development Halton.

Each week, volunteers gather in the community room of the apartment building. They unload food donations from the truck, sort food into individual portions, and set up tables in preparation. The residents then choose items from each section, including fruit and vegetables, bread, and dairy. The goal is to provide seniors with easy access to nutritious food that they may not be able to afford otherwise.

“It’s important because food is so expensive and most people here are on limited budget,” said volunteer Chris Uram. “Often with limited budgets, when you’re in the grocery store, you have to go for unhealthy choices. It’s important that everyone has the right to healthy food, even if it’s not in their financial means.”

Uram noted that as well as providing healthy food to Oakville seniors, the program is also helping build a sense of community among residents in the building. This is especially important knowing that 50% of people over the age of 80 in Canada report feeling lonely.

Watch to see how one program is making healthy food accessible to Oakville seniors

“We’re very grateful for the Oakville Community Foundation in offering this grant to us and being able to partner with Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network and Community Development Halton in making this program happen in Oakville,” said Food for Life Program Manager Donna Slater. “Knowing the need is here within this community, we’re able to bring fresh food to our residents and make sure they have access.”

Thank you to our generous Fundholders and donors who helped make this happen!

By Julia Main


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