Seniors supported in Port Hardy: meals and smiles


Seniors across our region are among the most vulnerable during this pandemic. They’re vulnerable to the virus, they’re vulnerable to the isolation, they’re vulnerable due to reduced services; the impact of this coronavirus is extreme and goes beyond just the physical health implications of the flu.  That’s why United Way is focused on supporting them.

In an already isolated town, seniors in Port Hardy are at risk of further isolation and can easily be impacted by a reduction of services.

Funded by United Way’s COVID-19 Seniors Response fund, Port Hardy’s local senior citizen’s society is set to deliver 576 meals, soups or salads to local seniors in need. Additionally, they are building a greenhouse to provide sustainable food security. Not only does this reduce the number of times these individuals need to leave the safety of their homes but it also reminds them that they are not forgotten.

20200514_130622.jpg“Just a wonderful thank you for the meals delivered to my door. Totally unexpected but gratefully welcomed. they were delicious. Thank you for your thoughtfulness.”

“Thank you, kind hard working souls. The logistics energy and enthusiasm comes through each goody, and healthful in so many ways. Thank you. Take care keep safe.”

“My thanks for the wonderful delivery Karen just brought to my door. Unbelievable! And I so needed a smile or two today. My sincere thanks, sufficient food to last me all week. Thank you all so very much.”     ❤

This kind of impact takes a team. The volunteers and organizations involved are truly making a difference in their small community.

“The partnership offered by United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island’s COVID-19 Seniors Response Grant has given us the opportunity to make a significant impact on both the physical and mental health of some of our most vulnerable seniors,” said Kris Huddlestan, Vice Chair, Hardy Bay Senior Citizens Society in Port Hardy. “We know the meals are appreciated but our seniors are all missing the activities, meals, and visits with friends they are used to. Just knowing that they are remembered means so much.”