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Support programs for South Frontenac, rural Kingston continue during pandemic

Photo by Tori Stafford.

As the community deals with job loss, closures, and a variety of other difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, South Frontenac Community Services is maintaining some of their programs to ensure residents have necessary supports.

South Frontenac Community Services serves the residents of South Frontenac and rural Kingston (in the area north of Highway 401). The organization aims to support those in the area with services like transportation for medical appointments, a variety of different food programs such as meals on wheels, and supports for seniors and caregivers such as adult day programs and caregiver supports.

South Frontenac Community Services has had to limit and change some of their programming due to the need for physical distancing and the directives from all levels of government for people to stay home as much as possible. However, the organization is still providing some of those programs that are perhaps even more needed during this time.

The following services, on altered schedules and availability, are still available:

Hot Meals on Wheels

This service is available on Tuesdays (for a maximum of 60 clients) and Thursdays (for a maximum of 50 clients). Limiting the number of clients reduces the number of staff and volunteers needed to prepare meals, and lessens the demand on volunteer drivers, the organization said.

Frozen Meals on Wheels

Frozen meals are available to anyone in the community who needs a meal at $5 per meal. All meals may be picked up at the door of the Grace Centre, or will be delivered by screened volunteers.

Food Bank

The South Frontenac Community Services Food Bank is open to any community residents needing assistance. Pick-up of food hampers at the Grace Centre is limited to Wednesday afternoons by appointment only. All hampers will be left on a table outside the door.

Transportation Services

Transportation services will only be available for medically necessary appointments and essential delivery of food or prescriptions for clients who may be housebound.

Rural Services and Hospice Palliative Care

These services are now available by appointment and special need only

Home Making, Home Maintenance, and In-home Respite

These services are now available by appointment and special need only

Telephone Reassurance Program

This service offers daily check-in calls to clients and seniors to verify health and wellness, and to help prevent feelings of loneliness or isolation.

For more information on South Frontenac Community Services click here or call 613-376-6477

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