Partnership with Tenleytown Main Street Offers Restaurant Meals to NNV Members in ANC3E – plus a Message about Food Insecurity

Stephanie Chong

Some Northwest Neighbors Village members, who live in the ANC3E neighborhood, have been enjoying free lunches prepared by Le Kavacha Bistro.  The lunches were generously provided by Tenleytown Main Street (TMS) through a grant TMS received from ANC3E.  NNV volunteers were instrumental in delivering 15 lunches to members every Friday for five weeks from late February through March—a total of 75 meals!  Many thanks to our volunteers for their help with the deliveries.  As part of the grant, meals were also provided to residents at Seabury at Friendship Terrace, an independent living community in Tenleytown.

Covid-19 has taken a toll on the restaurant community.  Le Kavacha is an independent, minority-owned restaurant that has been financially impacted by the pandemic. Executive Chef and owner Eugene Ndjiki-Nya opened during the pandemic and quickly had to pivot his business model and learn how to prepare and package French cuisine for takeout. According to our members, Chef Eugene and his team have figured it out! “The meals are very well done and very appreciated. It’s something really nice to look forward to”, said one NNV member. This grant was a wonderful opportunity for local community partners to come together to support local seniors and a local restaurant.

For our members, these meals came at a good time - grocery prices are rising, and cold weather and the pandemic have kept many indoors.  Older adults are increasingly at risk for food insecurity.  According to the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, nearly 120,000 seniors in D.C. are currently food insecure, and D.C. has the highest rate of seniors facing the threat of hunger in the nation. Food-insecurity rates tend to be higher among older adults who are low income, less educated, Black, Hispanic, separated, divorced, or never married. Chronic disease, living alone, changes in physical and/or cognitive function, and caregiving are other risk factors associated with food insecurity. Food insecurity can lead to poor health and other challenges that can impact one’s ability to live independently.

Addressing senior hunger is a priority for the Department of Aging and Community Living (DACL). If you or someone you know is experiencing, or is at risk for food insecurity, DACL can help.  Call (202) 724-5626 to learn more about DACL’s home delivered meals program, or to sign up to enjoy meals at a Community Dining Site near you. NNV members who are experiencing food insecurity can call the office at 202-935-6060 to arrange a meeting with our Village Case Manager.

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