St. Petersburg, FL (September 11, 2019) – 81-year-old St. Petersburg resident Justin’s life has been a constant struggle ever since he retired. Despite his struggle, he was at least able to keep up with his monthly expenses at home and have a meal each night for him and his wife. However, last year, his expenses became more than he could handle, and he was struggling to have a meal on the table for the first time in his adult life. Justin reached out to Neighborly Meals on Wheels for help, realizing he could no longer suffer in silence.
Justin and his wife are not alone. They are among a growing number of seniors in Pinellas County who are living at or below poverty level and face the threat of hunger each day. Nearly 45 boaters from the St. Petersburg Sailing Association will take sail with antique boats in the Bay this Saturday, September 14, 2019, to help raise funds for a growing problem among seniors in Pinellas County.
- Nearly 83,000 adults live alone in Pinellas County
- More than 39,000 seniors are living at or below poverty line in Pinellas County
According to Area Agency on Aging and Department of Elder Affair
- Neighborly Meals on Wheels serve hot, nutritious meals to 1,500 seniors each day
- More than 900 seniors are on the waiting list to receive meals from Neighborly Meals on Wheels in Pinellas County because of lack of funding
St. Petersburg Classic Boat Regatta:
Date: September 14, 2019
Location: St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Neighborly has eight Meals on Wheels and Senior Cafes throughout Pinellas County. If you are interested in learning more about Neighborly services and programs, please contact (727) 573-9444 or visit us online at www. Neighborly.org
Neighborly, a private, non-profit organization
has been a leader in elder care, providing
quality nutrition, transportation and social programs for adults 60 and older in Pinellas County.
Neighborly started the first federally funded Meals on Wheels program in the nation in 1966,
and opened the first Adult Day Center in
1968. Neighborly serves more than 3,000 seniors in
Pinellas County with the assistance of nearly 650 volunteers.