LONG BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#independenceathome–Traditional turkey dinners with all the trimmings were delivered to
2,200 local seniors on Thanksgiving morning thanks to an annual meal
delivery event organized by Long Beach-based SCAN.
“SCAN’s mission has always been to help seniors remain healthy and
independent,” said Denise Likar, a vice president at SCAN. “When you
bring a holiday meal to a hungry senior who also needs companionship,
you know you are making a difference in someone’s life.”
The meals were prepared Thursday morning by a team of volunteers, then
packed into bags with handwritten notes from local schoolchildren.
SCAN has organized this meal delivery event for the past 24 years,
recruiting hundreds of volunteers to not only deliver warm holiday meals
to seniors but to spend time visiting with the recipients, providing
companionship and holiday cheer. Helping out at this event has become a
tradition for many of the volunteers and their families.
“We couldn’t do this without our volunteers,” said Likar, who has been
spending Thanksgiving morning volunteering at this event for 14 years.
“It is a rewarding and fulfilling way to start the day.”
The holidays can be a difficult time for seniors, especially for those
who don’t have resources available or family nearby. In addition to the
annual meal delivery event, SCAN employees call thousands of SCAN Health
Plan’s oldest members in December to visit with them by phone and wish
them happy holidays.
“Making that personal connection is key to helping seniors stay healthy
and independent, and communities play an important role in making those
connections,” said SCAN CEO Chris Wing. “Our holiday events are great,
but we work with the community year-round to help ensure the support is
available whenever it’s needed.”
SCAN is a not-for-profit organization committed to keeping seniors
healthy and independent. That’s been our mission since our founding in
1977. Today we deliver on that mission through a variety of divisions
and programs including SCAN Health Plan, one of the largest
not-for-profit Medicare Advantage plans in the nation. Independence at
Home, a SCAN community service, provides vitally needed services and
support to seniors, disabled adults and their caregivers. SCAN also
offers education programs, community funding, volunteer opportunities
and other community services throughout our California service area. To
learn more visit scanhealthplan.com or facebook.com/scanhealthplan, or
follow us on twitter @scanhealthplan.
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Lyndsey Schaefer, 562-637-7192