With food and friendship at the heart of our mission, we discovered that many of our clients have unmet needs that threaten their independence and sometimes their very safety. In response, we developed programs providing additional aid and advocacy:
- We have developed strong collaborative relationships with other social service organizations and religious groups such as Catholic Social Services, Episcopal Community Services, Deliverance Evangelistic Church, the Salvation Army and others to better serve economically disadvantaged areas. Together we form meals centers. Aid For Friends provides the meals and the other organizations help distribute the meals.
- Operation Quick Serve provides interim meals and outreach services to those waiting to be matched to a volunteer visitor.
- We provide free meals for family members who care for seriously ill or disabled loved ones through our Caregiver Support Program.
- For our many clients with health issues, we provide supplemental foods such as orange juice, soup, Ensure, etc. so that they are receiving the necessary vitamins and minerals, and calories.
- Our demonstration/production kitchen provides a venue for group cooks to cover any shortfall in the meal supply and to ensure variety when needed.
- Aid For Friends provides essential items to our client/friends when they are not able to obtain them. These items include such as toaster ovens, fans, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, reflective address numbers.
- If our client/friends qualify for special assistance or support from other agencies, we help them access those programs.
- We send birthday greeting cards to our client friends and distribute donated Gifts of Warmth such as new afghans, sweaters, robe, personal items, and slippers for special holidays. Each client also receives a poinsettia at the beginning of the holiday season.