More than three dozen Florida Power & Light Co. volunteers worked with Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches and Whole Foods Market on Wednesday, Aug. 17 to pack and deliver hurricane food kits to 150 Meals on Wheels clients.
The hurricane food kits include a three-day supply of food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, containing boxed cereal, canned meats and protein bars, among other items, as well as snacks and nutritional beverages.
The volunteers packed the kits for two hours at the Whole Foods Market store in the Palm Beach Outlets before Meals on Wheels drivers delivered one to each household on its client list.
Meals on Wheels is a national organization that provides service and companionship to senior citizens. It provides hot, nutritious meals and safety checkups to each of its clients daily.
In keeping with its mission of encouraging seniors to continue living safely and independently in their own homes, the nonprofit teamed with FPL for this project.
FPL, Meals on Wheels and Whole Foods Market recognize that homebound seniors who depend on Meals on Wheels often find themselves without adequate food following a storm or other emergency when volunteers are unable to provide their regular food service.
FPL stands ready to respond to severe weather but urges its customers to make a plan and prepare, too. These emergency food kits will help these homebound seniors in the aftermath of a storm.
ABOVE: Pamela Calzadilla, president and CEO of Meals on Wheels, packs hurricane food kits with a three-day supply of meals, snacks and nutritional drinks alongside Florida Power & Light volunteers on Aug. 17.