The seniors at the Daniel Cantor Senior Center in Sunrise have just finished their lunches.
Usually, they gather around together to eat their meals but with the current circumstances we are living in, they must be separated for precaution.
The meals they just had were provided by Meals on Wheels South Florida. The nonprofit organization normally partners with other centers to distribute meals all across South Florida.
At the Cantor center, they are grateful to still hand out meals.
"It has actually been a life saver for our seniors especially through this COVID-19 crisis. We've had so many seniors that have not been able to come out and dine here in a congregate meal site. And with our partnership with Meals on Wheels has allowed us to get food here that we've had volunteers deliver home delivery meals. We've had some people that come and drive and pick up meals. A lot of our participants families really rely on the food just as a primary source of nutrition. Certainly it helps supplement that to a very very large degree. And it gives the care takers a little rest too from not only the cooking, the cleaning, the care-taking, everything they have to do. It just takes something else off their plate," says Daryl Hern, Director of Operations at Daniel Cantor Senior Center.
The foundation delivers meals for the center and for the home bound seniors that are in need.
"Meals on Wheels actually comes to our site and delivers three days a week. On Mondays we have hot food, with cold food for Tuesdays, Wednesdays hot food, with cold food for Thursdays and hot food again for Shabbat on Fridays. We also a secondary delivery on Wednesdays which is the home delivered meals and the drive-by pickup meals which we're also still concurrently doing for those seniors and families that still don't feel comfortable coming back," stated Hern.
The dining site has been open for 3 weeks. If you want to know more about the seniors dining sites you can go here