- By: Adrianne Murchison of the AJC
Senior Services North Fulton is providing $150,000 in emergency assistance funds and meals to residents in need during the pandemic. The funds will help some elderly residents who were employed before the pandemic started and are now sheltering in place without income pay rent and utility bills, Executive Director Ron Harlow said.
The $150,000 is part of $10 million in COVID-19 aid provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners in April.
Funds allocated to Senior Services North Fulton will also help retired seniors who rely on Meals on Wheels and cannot leave home to buy groceries.
“We are now delivering more meals to our typical clients and purchasing and delivering groceries to them through Instacart (grocery delivery service),” Harlow said.
Senior Services estimates about 50,000 meals will be delivered in 2020, which is 12,000 more meals than last year.
In 2019, Senior Services North Fulton served more than 2,000 senior citizens in Atlanta, Alpharetta, Milton, Roswell, and Sandy Springs, Harlow said. The organization expects to serve up to 100 additional people in 2020 due to coronavirus.
The emergency funds are a significant help to the organization, he added.
“We are spending every day,” Harlow said. “We feel that the amount Fulton was so generous with, we can use for the next couple of months.”