Rockford’s Lifescape gets $45,000 from state for new blast freezer

Online Staff Report

Rockford’s Lifescape Community Services has been awarded $45,000 from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to help the organization purchase a new “blast” freezer. Blast freezers are intended to rapidly bring the temperature of foods down, freezing them extremely quickly to inhibit bacterial growth.

It’s becoming more difficult all of the time to find state funding for local projects, but keeping our seniors healthy and comfortable in their own homes is important work,” said State Sen. Steve Stadelman, D-Rockford, who was instrumental in securing the funding. “Lifescape Community Services is a well-respected agency, and I’m confident this grant is a smart investment”.

Lifescape Executive Director Carol Green said: “We are grateful to the State of Illinois, especially Sen. Stadelman. The savings we will realize with this blast freezer will allow us to better serve our clients.”

Lifescape offers frozen meals to clients who need additional nutrition on the weekends or holidays. On average, Lifescape delivers about 20,000 frozen meals a year.

Currently, we must buy these meals at a high cost,” Green said. “The new freezer allows us to freeze our own meals, which will save us a significant amount of money.”

The blast freezer will be unveiled at a press event at noon, Tuesday, Dec. 9, at Lifescape’s Administrative Offices, 705 Kilburn Ave., Rockford.

Lifescape Community Services, Inc., is the largest agency in northwestern Illinois serving older adults, families and caregivers. Best known for its Home Delivered Meals program (Meals on Wheels), Lifescape operates in Winnebago, Boone, Lee and Ogle counties. Whether a person needs a nutritious meal, help with completing complicated paperwork, assistance in paying bills, or needs a safe place to go to during the day, Lifescape Community Services can help meet the need.

Lifescape Community Services is northwestern Illinois’ top source for keeping older adults nutritionally healthy, independent, connected and informed.

Posted Dec. 8, 2014

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