Grant funding to address food security issues for the elderly
CULPEPER, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Grant funding will be used to help address food security concerns for some seniors in the area.
Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger announced the $125,000 in funding for the Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services on Wednesday.
According to a release, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is awarding the funding through its Social Determinants of Health Accelerator grant program.
This grant will be used to coordinate with local health departments, the University of Virginia, PATH Foundation, Virginia Aging and Rehabilitation Services, and others in order to address food and nutrition needs.
It will help to connect Virginians to existing infrastructure and nutritional education opportunities as well as fight social isolation, which has been intensified in the elderly community due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This award recognizes that there are significant disparities in access to nutrition throughout our region, and I am proud to see so many organizations here in Virginia recognize the need to step up and help improve the conditions of our neighbors, particularly seniors,” said Spanberger. “I want to congratulate Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services on receiving this award, and I want to thank them for their continued commitment to our communities.”
“Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services is honored to have been selected for funding by the Centers for Disease Control to support older adults in our community, in particular addressing those social determinents of health: food and nutrition security and social connectedness. In collaboration with our community partners, we strive to better understand the core health issues facing older adults - to help minimize the risk of chronic disease, and improve lives,” said Jim Lagraffe, Executive Director, Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services. “We are grateful to Congresswoman Spanberger for her support and leadership in bringing these much-needed services to our community.”
RRCS serves the counties of Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock.