Grossmont Healthcare District continues support to Jewish Family Service of San Diego

GHD Board of Directors present grant check to Gabi Charo, JFS director of nutrition services

The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is continuing its support of Jewish Family Service (JFS) of San Diego’s food assistance program, which alleviates food insecurity in San Diego’s East County region.

The GHD board recently approved a $40,000 grant that will help cover expenses for the JFS Foodmobile program that delivers nutritious meals to homebound seniors, and adults with disabilities who live in the GHD’s service district. JFS officials said the GHD grant will provide more than 11,000 meals over a year’s time.

“Assisting older adults to age with dignity and independence in their own homes can lower the frequency and duration of hospital readmissions and other inpatient settings,” said Michael Emerson, GHD board president. “The correlation between good nutrition and good health is well documented. We’re proud to support Jewish Family Service and their outstanding efforts to help build better lives through access to healthy food.”

GHD has supported JFS with grants since 1998. The JFS Foodmobile program provides ongoing nutrition service to isolated, indigent, frail and vulnerable seniors and other homebound adults with disabilities who have no other access to basic nutrition. Gabi Charo, JFS director of nutrition services, said home-delivered meals cost an average of $2,500 per individual for a full year. She said JFS provides more than 250,000 meals annually to San Diegans in need.

“We’re grateful for the support of the Grossmont Healthcare District,” said Charo. “Homebound older adults constitute a largely invisible and particularly vulnerable segment of society. Jewish Family Service is eager to help all San Diegans, regardless of faith or ethnic background, because of our values to help transform client’s lives.”

Charo said that social workers from Sharp Grossmont Hospital and Sharp Hospice often contact JFS to request Foodmobile service for newly discharged, disabled and elderly patients. In many cases, these patients have limited resources and little or no family or other support at home.

Since 1918, Jewish Family Service of San Diego has been a trusted community resource for individuals and families working to build better lives. For more information about JFS programs and services, visit their website.