BROOKSVILLE — When the novel coronavirus became a global pandemic, many were hit hard with job losses and deep financial challenges. But no group suffered more than the elderly population who were at the highest risk for infection and death.

Mid Florida Community Services Inc. has partnered with local restaurants in central Florida to provide relief for low-income seniors. In Hernando County, the partnership is with The Main Street Eatery.

“Mid Florida Community Services, Inc., has received meal funding from the Families First Act and the CARES Act, which were passed by Congress,” according to a press release. “This funding is allowing local service providers, such as Mid Florida Community Services, Inc., to serve more meals to hungry, low-income seniors over the age of 60 who are in need or are homebound because of COVID-19.”

Qualifying seniors will benefit in the most compassionate way, by insuring they do not go hungry during these unusually difficult times. It also spotlights the collaboration between partners in the community to take care of our most vulnerable.

“Older adults are such an important part of our communities. I value these adults and I am proud to serve them through our Senior Services Program in Hernando, Sumter, Lake, and Polk Counties”, said Michael Georgini, CEO of MFCS. “I can’t thank these local restaurants enough for partnering with us to serve seniors in their communities.”

For more information about the program, call 352-796-1426.

The mission of MFCS is “to strengthen partnerships, mobilize resources, and provide integrated services that promote self-sufficiency for individuals and families in the communities in which they live.” It is a member of the National Community Action Partnership and the Community Action Network, which was born out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964.