The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) recently received a $79,600 grant from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to continue its partnership with Three Square community food bank during the COVID-19 pandemic to deliver 300 meals each week to homebound seniors.
“If there were ever a time for our community to come together and help one another, it’s now,” said MJ Maynard, RTC CEO. “This emergency grant funding ensures that the RTC will be able to continue assisting Three Square in providing a valuable service to improve the quality of life for seniors in low-income communities.”
Due to lower trip demand from paratransit clients, the RTC has deployed existing paratransit drivers and vehicles to help Three Square with its Senior Hunger Program. To date, the RTC has delivered over 1,700 meals to more than 1,400 seniors since Friday, March 20. For more information about the program, contact Three Square at 702-765-4030 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The RTC has also expanded service hours and pick-up locations on its 12 Silver STAR routes throughout the valley and added two temporary routes to help senior citizens access grocery stores, especially during earlier hours dedicated to seniors and those with underlying medical issues. Each Silver STAR looped route connects senior living communities to various shopping areas, offering convenient access to grocery stores, banks and more, and has unique days, times and stops.
Find all of the latest updates related to the transportation agency’s COVID-19 response at rtcsnv.com/coronavirus/.