Our Meal Partners program improves the health and well-being of isolated Holocaust survivors by creating lasting supportive relationships that revolve around the sharing of meals. Participating survivors are paired with meal partners whose roles are to:
• Share meals and monitor food security,
• Broaden the survivor’s circle of care, and
• Connect survivors to their traditions and culture.
The overarching goals and anticipated outcomes of this program are:
• Decreased social isolation and broaden circle of care,
• Improved nutritional intake and food security, and
• Increased capability to live independently at home
The program — which also offers Russian bilingual services — include counseling, consultation, crisis intervention and a monthly “Meals and Culture” group. Other group activities include shared meals, intellectually stimulating lectures and discussions, meditation, yoga and other alternative wellness activities, life story discussions, cultural activities, and practice using technology.