New levels of loneliness and isolation have become part of our collective society as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But it's nothing new for most homebound seniors.
Social isolation was already a way of life - long before this global crisis - for millions of older Americans.
Loneliness is actually killing America's seniors. It's just as lethal as smoking 15 cigarettes per day, making lonely people 50% more likely to die prematurely than those with healthy social relationships. For many seniors, their Meals on Wheels volunteer is the only person they interact with in a given day or week, whether virtually or in person.
Meals on Wheels is an essential part of the solution.
Programs nationwide are on the forefront of combating not only hunger, but social isolation by delivering a nutritious meal and offering a warm hello, a check-in and a source of companionship.
That’s why we joined forces in a partnership with Consumer Cellular to fight back against loneliness.
When visits can’t be made, it's a phone call, video call or virtual gathering. And the technology provided by Consumer Cellular plays a large role in making that happen.
You can help, too. Consumer Cellular will match all donations up to $250,000 through May 8, 2020 as part of the #GivingTuesdayNow campaign – a global day of giving and unity.
"Consumer Cellular is proud to partner with Meals on Wheels America today and every day in our efforts to reduce senior isolation. While this growing issue isn't new, it has been amplified by the current situation. We are making this donation today on behalf of our customers and employees and hope you will be inspired as well to donate to this important cause."
- John Marick, Consumer Cellular CEO
This is your chance to make your gift go twice as far and create twice the impact.
ALL DONATIONS WILL BE MATCHED UP TO $250,000
BY CONSUMER CELLULAR THROUGH MAY 8, 2020.