The organizer of Lanakila Meals on Wheels program will receive $280,000.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie released the funds to Lanakila Pacific, a Kupuna Care provider, that delivers more than 2,000 meals each week to Hawaii’s older adults in need.
Meals on Wheels services include home-delivered meals, personal care, help with chores and transportation assistance.
“These capital improvement grant funds will help Lanakila Pacific to substantially build capacity for Lanakila Meals on Wheels, which aids kupuna throughout Oahu, while providing additional training opportunities for people with disabilities to reach their full potential for independence,” Gov. Abercrombie said.
Identified by the state Legislature, this project includes repairs and renovations to buildings, security, and kitchen and food service operations, as well as the purchase of equipment to address health and safety.
“In addition, we recognize that Hawaii’s kupuna are living longer. We have expanded services and closed loopholes for Medicaid beneficiaries. Our executive budget request is also asking the Legislature to nearly double the Kupuna Care budget for services, currently at $4.85 million, by an additional $4.2 million and make it permanent,” the Governor added.
Lanakila Pacific’s programs currently serve more than 2,300 Oahu and Kauai residents.