The statistics in Philadelphia speak for themselves: 256,000 persons are age 60 and older.
Philadelphia seniors’ poverty rate is almost double that of PA and the nation.
More than 120,000 seniors have trouble paying for life’s most basic necessities.
13,000 older Philadelphians need help preparing meals; 73% live alone; 40% rarely leave their home.
Aid For Friends is one of the largest and most established home delivered meals program in Pennsylvania, serving 400,000 free dinner meals, 58,000 soups and 42,000 breakfast bags to an aggregate 2,200 home- bound persons each year. We also provide nearly 100,000 hours of friendly visiting annually. We have served more than 15,500,000 meals to 14,500 individual homebound persons over the past 40 years.
Aid For Friends’ (AFF) volunteer cooks prepare 400,000 dinner meals at their homes, area churches, synagogues, organizations, and at our commerical kitchen. They donate most of the ingredients.
REAL FRIENDSHIP FOR THE ISOLATED:
AFF visitor volunteers develop a one-to-one relationship with their own special homebound friend. They bring seven frozen dinners to the same person once a week and sit and talk with them for a while.
MORE THAN JUST MEALS:
AFF provides advocacy, nutritional beverages for the malnourished (Ensure), birthday and holiday gifts and occasional emergency financial assistance.
WE SERVE PEOPLE OF ALL AGES:
30% of those we serve are below age 60; 28% are over age 85.
All food and services are provided completely FREE of charge.