Grant helps senior grocery program

The Greenwich United Way has given a $24,000 grant to Jewish Family Services to boost its “supermarketing for seniors” program.

The grant, which is done through the United Way’s community investment funding, became official in the new fiscal year that began on July 1. The money will now benefit the program, which has been in effect since 1986. Jewish Family Services use the money to do free grocery shopping for Greenwich seniors, allowing them to help those who want to live independent lives, but have trouble being able to get out to the store to do their shopping.

Although it was started by and is run by Jewish Family Services of Greenwich, Supermarketing for Seniors serves individuals of all backgrounds, no matter their religion. The only eligibility requirement is that a person be 60 years or older and live in the Town of Greenwich. There is no fee for this service.


“The United Way of Greenwich has been a very loyal and generous funder of Supermarketing for Seniors since the program’s inception, in 1986, and this contribution means a great deal to us and to the seniors we serve,” said Lisa Loraine Smith, Executive Director of Jewish Family Services of Greenwich. “In economic times such as these, it goes without saying that ongoing support makes all the difference in the world to a small agency like Jewish Family Services of Greenwich.”

As part of the grant program, Greenwich United Way volunteers review the work of all agencies requesting Community Investment dollars to determine each year’s program funding level. They reported being “most impressed” with this service and how it’s able to help Greenwich’s seniors, calling it a “valuable resource” and noting that Jewish Family Services of Greenwich has “the well-deserved respect of the community as it continues to make a difference in the lives of so many people.”

Ms. Smith added, “We take these United Way appraisals very seriously and we know how the United Way volunteers work diligently to ensure that the funds are invested in programs that are most needed and make the greatest difference.”

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