Press Release: Secretary of Elder Affairs Richard Prudom thanks the Aging Network and Funders for Life-Changing Work


May 18, 2020

Contact: Trish Ernst, Director, Communications
Area Agency on Aging
Email; 561.202.7132

Secretary of Elder Affairs Richard Prudom
Thanks the Aging Network and Funders for Life-Changing Work

West Palm Beach, FL – In a typical week in February of this year, 13,058 seniors in the five-county service area received meals at either a congregate meal site or at home with home delivered meals. The week of May 10th the Aging Network Partners provided nearly 40,000 meals to seniors. This represents an incredible 207% increase.

In a letter addressed to the Area Agency on Aging CEO, Dwight D. Chenette, Secretary of Florida Department of Elder Affairs Richard Prudom wrote to thank the Aging Network and community funders for the “life-changing work being done” during the COVID 19 emergency.

Secretary Prudom wrote, “The Department of Elder Affairs recognizes the efforts and the successful results of the following organizations and companies: Laurie George, President and CEO, United Way of Palm Beach County; Brad Hurlburt, President and CEO, Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties; Eric Kelly, President, Quantum Foundation; Patrick J. McNamera, President and CEO, Palm Health Foundation; and, Della McCurdy, Special Consumer Services, Florida Power and Light.”

CEO Dwight Chenette emphasized that without the stimulus funding coming through the Department of Elder Affairs combined with the community support providing the needed match funding for logistics and teleworking hardware, the recent innovations and achievements would not have reached the same level of success. Since mid-April in Palm Beach and Treasure Coast, nearly 150,000 meals have been provided.

Chenette continued, “We have an excellent network of Lead Agency providers that are doing truly amazing work. The greatest growth has been experienced through a collaboration among the Palm Beach County Division of Senior Services, The Volen Center, TooJay’s, Jack Scalisi Wholesale Produce and the Area Agency on Aging. The lead agencies across Palm Beach/Treasure Coast are: Senior Resource Association, Karen Deigl, President and CEO covering Indian River County;  Okeechobee Senior Services, Thomas S. Leach, Program Manager; Council on Aging of St. Lucie County, Inc., Darrell Drummond, President and CEO; Council on Aging of Martin County, Inc., Karen Ripper, President and CEO; Palm Beach County Division of Senior Services, Faith R. Manfra, Director, covering northern Palm Beach County; and, The Volen Center, Elizabeth Lugo, President and CEO, covering southern Palm Beach County. It is the skilled efficiency of the entire team that has achieved this remarkable success.”

For more information on meals and services for seniors, call the Area Agency on Aging’s Helpline at 866.684.5885.


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