(Hallowell, Maine – April 29, 2014) Spectrum Generations Cohen Community Center announced it was selected to receive a $1,000 grant to support its Meals on Wheels Program from the Darden Restaurants Foundation, Inc. as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants.
This grant will help enable Spectrum Generations to deliver nutritious meals to approximately 200 homebound and disabled adults in the central Maine area, which covers southern Kennebec, Lincoln, and Sagadahoc Counties as well as Brunswick and Harpswell. As part of the Meals on Wheels program, homebound seniors and disabled adults also receive a safety check and friendly visit from a volunteer. “The long cold winter, the increased cost of living, along with poor health has made it very difficult for our fragile seniors to consistently cook nutritional meals. This donation will certainly make a positive impact for this sector of our community!” said Lynda Johnson, Meals on Wheels Coordinator at the Cohen Community Center.
The grants program, now in its third year, empowers each restaurant in the Darden family of brands to help award grants to support local community programs. Gene Lee, Darden’s president and chief operating officer states, “We strive to make a positive impact in all the communities our restaurants serve. Our employees are incredibly passionate about getting directly involved in their local communities, and our Restaurant Community Grants program enables each of our restaurant teams to make a difference right in their own backyard.”
About Spectrum Generations
Spectrum Generations is a leading provider of solutions to nutrition, adult care giving and day programs, options counseling, socialization, wellness, and life-long learning for older/disabled adults and their families all of which help people age in place. The agency is federally designated as an Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC). Services provided include: adult day care, Bridges Help at Home, community case management, consumer information services, options counseling, family caregiver support and respite, along with nutrition services such as Meals on Wheels and community dining. Our community centers, offer lifelong learning, fitness classes, socialization and opportunities for community engagement, as well as evidence based wellness workshops to inform and motivate adults to live healthier lives.