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Meals on Wheels Long Beach

Golden Rain Foundation

Meals on Wheels Orange County

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GAF Supports Meals on Wheels Long Beach 2020 09/10

The Golden Age Foundation is continuing its LWers-helping-LWers tradition with the donation last week of $10,000 to Meals on Wheels of Long Beach, a nonprofit that delivers more than 100 nutritious and freshly cooked meals to Leisure World every day. 

Anna Derby presents check to support of Meals on Wheels Long Beach

This is the second year that the GAF has funded the meals delivery service, which is for everyone—people who are sick, recovering from injury or just don’t want to cook. Some MOWLB clients are $10,000 check to Meals on Wheels will benefit LWers on limited incomes and cannot afford the $8.25 a day. 

The GAF donation will cover meal sponsorships for qualified low-income Leisure World residents. 

Low-income LW residents can request meal service and see if they qualify for funding support by contacting LWSB Site Manager Caron Adler at (562) 439-5000, ext 4. 

Meals are delivered by friendly and trained volunteers Monday to Friday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

The GAF’s goal is to improve the quality of life for those residing in Leisure World, especially for people who may need a bit of help. 

MOWLB was founded in 1971 to support the independence and well being of homebound seniors, veterans and the disabled. 

This program is designed specifically to meet the nutritional and social needs of seniors. 

MOWLB is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is supported by philanthropic foundations and the generosity of corporate and individual donors.

Resident Ellen Kop receives meals and companionship from Meals on Wheels volunteer Noreen Evens

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Golden Age Foundation Makes Contribution to Golden Rain Foundation 2020 12/23

by Linda Johnson and Anna Derby

The Golden Age Foundation, Leisure World’s own philanthropic organization, exists to make Leisure World living the best it can be, whether by supplying free mobility aids to help people get around, tax preparation assistance or donations to upgrade GRF facilities. 

As its most recent charitable gift, the GAF has donated $75,000 to the Golden Rain Foundation for new state-of-the-art training circuit equipment in the Fitness Center in Clubhouse 6. 

“As we all know, an active senior is a happy senior,” said GAF President Anna Derby, in handing over the check at the Dec. 23 GRF Board meeting.

Other recent gifts include $4,000 for a hearing loop in the new Learning Center in Clubhouse 3 to assist hearing impaired and $3,000 to purchase a new ice machine in Clubhouse 4.

The Fitness Center donation is among the GRF’s most sizable donations this year. It has a history fostering fitness in LW. In 2013, resident Jack Schiffler left a generous portion of his estate to the GAF, which was used to fund an $110,000 upgrade to the gym equipment in Clubhouse 6. 

This year, the Fitness Center was completely overhauled. It now has 10,000 square feet of workout space, new flooring, the latest in audio visual equipment, all-new fitness equipment, two strength circuits and a smart group fitness room, among other features. The Fitness Center is ready to go and will be unveiled as soon as it is safe to congregate again.

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Club Gives $20,000 to Meals on Wheels Orange County

By Yim Kelsey

SB Recreation Manager

The city of Seal Beach operates a meal program for seniors at the North Seal Beach Community Center through partnership with Meals on Wheels Orange County. The program offers home-delivered meals for residents who are in need of meal delivery. The program also consists of congregate meals available for seniors on-site at the North Seal Beach Center. All meals provided through this program meet federal standards for nutrition and are free to residents.

Congregate Manager Sergio Espinoza (I), Recreation Manager of the City of Seal Beach Tim
Kelsey, GAF President Anna Derby, VF’ Advancement of MOW OC Darla Olson and Executive
Director Social Service for MOW OC Delena Gutierrez. Photo by Anthony Nguyen

Following the outbreak of COVID- 19 in March, the City of Seal Beach and Meals on Wheels were required to make changes to continue to provide meals.

The primary change was to cancel all congregate meals at the community center. These meals were transitioned to a delivered frozen meal program that was delivered by city staff weekly.

As a result of the stay at home order, many residents did not have access to food. Meal deliveries increased from roughly 30 meals to over 200 meals. Roughly 120 Leisure World residents are receiving meals weekly through this program. This program was only able to be sustained through the support of community and groups such as the Golden Age Foundation.

In April, GAF made a generous donation of $20,000 to Meals on Wheels Orange County to support meals to Leisure World residents. Through this donation the city and Meals on Wheels Orange County were able to deliver 8,377 meals between May 1 – June 30.

As the impacts of COVID- 19 continue to be felt by residents throughout California, the GAF has once again stepped forward to make an additional donation of $20,000 to continue to support the necessary program and make it available for all Leisure World residents.

The City of Seal Beach and Meals on Wheels OC estimate this will purchase an additional 4,500 meals for Leisure World residents. The City of Seal Beach and Meals on Wheels Orange County are very appreciative and fortunate for the support they have received from the GAF.

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