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(BLOOMINGTON, Ill. | December 8, 2022) – Bank of Pontiac has donated $40,000 to help seniors improve their nutrition, sustain their independence and enhance their quality of life through meals and fellowship. That is the mission of the OSF Peace Meal Senior Nutrition Program.
The Bank of Pontiac Board of Directors approved two separate donations to the OSF HealthCare program. A $20,000 donation was made to support OSF Peace Meal in Livingston County. The donation will be used to provide meals for low and moderate income individuals who participate in the program. A separate $20,000 was also donated to support the program in McLean County.
“The Bank of Pontiac is proud to support a program that benefits our senior citizens in Livingston and McLean Counties on a daily basis and enhances their quality of life,” said Mark Donovan, President and CEO, Bank of Pontiac.
“I am deeply appreciative of the generous donation to support the PeaceMeal program,” said Lynn Fulton, president, OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington. “This donation will allow OSF to continue to grow the program and serve more people throughout Livingston and McLean Counties. It is generosity like this that enables us to live our mission – serving with the greatest care and love.”
OSF Peace Meal supports more than just food insecurity.
“The great thing is that OSF Peace Meal brings the community together,” said Brad Solberg, president, OSF HealthCare Saint James – John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac. “Because most meals are provided in a community setting, they also help to promote physical, social and behavioral health.”
OSF Peace Meal provides nutritious meals five days a week for seniors age 60 and older. The meals are provided by carryout from an OSF Peace Meal central kitchen. Home delivery is also available.
OSF Peace Meal collaborates with a variety of organizations, transportation providers, home care agencies, food pantries, care centers and the University of Illinois Extension on receiving and providing referrals to connect those in need to resources and services to help maintain their independence.
You can learn more about OSF Peace Meal, make a referral to the program or volunteer, at osfhealthcare.org/OSF-peace-meal.
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