Bay Aging continues to safely maintain, and in some cases bolster, most of its services to help the communities we serve during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are enrolling people of all ages in Bay Aging’s Meals on Wheels program and arranging special meal deliveries to seniors in some of our apartment complexes,” said Kathy Vesley, President and CEO of Bay Aging. “Through the generous support of area Moose Lodges who donated stew, and Urbanna resident Beth Justice, who baked delicious yeast rolls, the residents of our Port Town Village apartments enjoyed some home cooked food.”
Jennifer Beck, who manages Bay Aging’s Meals on Wheels program, noted, “We have enrolled clients from our Adult Day Care facilities, and people of all ages across the region. We want to reiterate that our neighbors who are experiencing food insecurity during these difficult times can call us at 1-800-493-0238 to enroll.”
Bay Aging volunteers and staff continue to deliver meals to all existing Meals on Wheels recipients and actively enroll new clients, regardless of age, who are confronting potential food insecurity. Additionally, they have distributed print instructions to all clients and volunteers on appropriate precautions. Meal deliveries continue to be complemented with fresh produce through their partnership with Healthy Harvest Food Bank. Shelf stable meals are augmenting meal deliveries to further safeguard recipients from food shortages. Bay Aging has reached out to many of the public school systems in the area in an effort to develop a cadre of additional volunteers to help safeguard against potential volunteer shortages in the future.
Bay Aging’s website and Facebook page now have a prominent Community Volunteer and Request for Assistance link that matches volunteers with quarantined/home-bound individuals who need assistance.
Bay Transit also continues to operate as normal. On demand service is available throughout the service area from Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. To minimize passenger and driver interaction, Bay Transit has suspended all fare collection. The policy will be in effect at least until April 3 and may be extended as warranted.
As customers call in to schedule rides, they are pre-screened. To facilitate social distancing while on the bus, Bay Transit is limiting buses to a maximum of four people and have seats taped off to keep riders separated and away from the bus driver. In coordination with area hospitals, Bay Transit has suspended stops at Urgent Care facilities and hospitals along our fixed route lines in Gloucester and Essex County. As customers call in to schedule rides, we are asking them to limit travel to essential rides to work, medical appointments, and shopping for necessities. To schedule a ride on Bay Transit, please call the Ride Line at (877) 869-6046.
In adherence with Governor Northam’s directive, they have suspended operations at Bay Aging’s Adult Day Care Centers in Gloucester and Tappahannock until further notice. Clients have been given the opportunity to enroll in the Meals on Wheels program and receive in-home care support until services are resumed. Similarly, Bay Aging has suspended operations at their Active Lifestyle Centers until further notice and given clients the opportunity to enroll in the Meals on Wheels program until services are resumed. Bay Aging’s in-home care aides continue to serve clients across the service area taking all precautions possible and using all personal protective equipment they have available.
The best way to get updates about Bay Aging’s services is to visit the Bay Aging website at www.bayaging.org or Facebook page. For those without access to the internet, please call Bay Aging at 1-800-493-0238.