‘Meals On Wheels’ launches senior chat program

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Meals on Wheels has launched a new project to help more elders during the pandemic with its senior chat program.

A new initiative addresses the social isolation experience that elderly people face as they shelter in place, due to their high risk of contracting COVID-19.

Susan Gregory, executive director for Meals on Wheels, says the program allows senior citizens to discuss pressing issues. Gregory says it was designed to reduce depression, loneliness, and more challenges that are faced during the quarantine.

“When COVID-19 presented itself, and we were put under a state emergency, we were deemed essential, and stepped up to the plate knowing that we are a lifeline for our members,” Gregory said.

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Rashaad Vann comes to Georgia from Detroit, Michigan. He most recently worked as a Regional News Reporter and Sports Anchor for News Channel Nebraska in Norfolk, Nebraska. While in college, he interned at WSFA-TV and WVAS-FM in Montgomery. While growing up, he was always involved in sports such as football, swimming, track and cross country. After high school, he studied and graduated from Alabama State University with a degree in communications. Rashaad loves to travel because it offers an opportunity to learn and connect with different people. He’s a member and is involved in several different social and community service organizations that give back to the community locally and nationwide.