Monday, January 19, 2015

Institute of Gerontology Seniors Volunteer for MLK Day of Service

On Friday, Jan. 16, senior volunteers from the UDC CAUSES Institute of Gerontology helped to package and deliver food to 100 residents of Regency House as part of the MLK Day of Service. Regency House is a senior public housing apartment building located in Northwest D.C.

"I really enjoy UDC's Gerontology program, which has a lot to offer. The job is not always easy, but we do it." 

Ms. Shirley Pettus is part of the Commodity Food Program, which provides nutritious food on a monthly basis to eligible participants. Sponsored by the DC Department on Aging, the income-based Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), DC residents over the age of 60 are eligible to receive monthly deliveries of packaged foods and bottled beverages. This month's delivery included low-sodium canned vegetables, whole wheat pasta, stone-ground grits and orange juice.

"Your coming here today means a lot to me because I'm a volunteer with Gerontology and serve on the Advisory Board, and having you all come to honor Dr. King's birthday is absolutely wonderful,"commented Shirley Pettus, who organized the day's delivery operations on behalf of Regency House.

Ms. Pettus is a coordinator for the the program, and also president of the Regency House Resident's Council.

For more information on the CAUSES Institute of Gerontology, contact Ms. Claudia John at (202) 274-6697. Click here to learn more about CSFP.

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