Older Americans Act funds support Big Grocery Drop to assist 619 clients

The Best Times Digital Edition

In the first week of June, the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging (JCAAA), in partnership with HyVee, delivered care packages loaded with groceries and cleaning supplies to 619 interested Older Americans Act clients.

To be eligible for the care package, residents needed to be a current Older Americans Act client residing in Johnson County. The cost of the care packages was paid for by Older Americans Act funding.

Each client that signed up for this project was delivered a care package to their door valued at $156. The total cost was $96,910.

This project was successfully planned and coordinated by JCAAA and delivered by the Olathe/Ridgeview HyVee. The JCAAA received many calls of appreciation for the supplies; some shared they appreciated not having to venture out to shop and increase risk to coronavirus exposure.

Clients shared comments such as:

“I received a big box, and I am so thankful. This has renewed my faith in human kindness.”

“Everything is appreciated and will be used. Nice to know someone cares.”

“We received Mrs. Dash, and we were running out. Feels like Christmas in June, the young people delivering the package were so nice. This was a bright spot in getting old.