The A&B Foundation recently awarded $20,000 to the Kaunoa Senior Center. Kaunoa’s congregate and home delivered meals program served more than 95,000 meals last year to 1,400 seniors and continues strong.
The program, set up through the Federal Older Americans Act of 1965, provides seniors with nutritionally balanced meals, socialization with peers and nutrition education. Meals served at the Kaunoa Senior Center and in their home delivery service are meant to provide at least a third of the nutritional recommended daily allowance for adults.
In a ceremony during Kumiai Day at the Spreckelsville Kaunoa Senior Center, Rick Volner Jr.–Hawaii Commercial & Sugar (HC&S) General Manager–presented the check to Department of Housing and Human Concerns Director Jo-Ann Ridao. Kumiai Day celebrates sugar plantation days and is co-sponsored by HC&S, which is also a subsidiary of A&B.
The meals are prepared by the Department of Education and private vendors under the supervision of registered dietitians. The funds are for meals and are also used for events and special activities at Kaunoa or their 17 satellite centers. Some of their programs include Meals on Wheels, meals delivered to the homes of the frail and elderly, assisted transportation, door to door medical and business related travel assistance for seniors with physical and mental limitations, leisure programs and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).
Many of the events happen at the 401 Alakapa Place location in Sprecklesville, while others may take place at the West Maui Senior Center on Lahainaluna Road, which is also run by Kaunoa Senior Services. A&B Foundation has been awarding this grant for 36 years.