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For Immediate Release

PACIFIC LIFE FOUNDATION GRANTS $560,000
TO SUPPORT VULNERABLE ORANGE COUNTY SENIOR PROGRAMS

Newport Beach, Calif. (Nov. 15, 2013) - The Pacific Life Foundation provided $560,000 in grants this week to four nonprofit agencies that serve impoverished senior citizens, a population group that is steadily on the rise in Orange County.

The funding is designated for the Orange County's Elderly Nutrition Program, which provides meals to low-income older adults, and the Orange County Ombudsman Program, which advocates for the rights of Orange County's 28,000 older and disabled adults living in skilled nursing and residential care facilities. These programs have been dramatically impacted by federal budget cuts, as well as an on-going decrease in state government funding over the past five years.

"We are pleased that the Pacific Life Foundation's stop gap funding for Orange County's Elderly Nutrition and Ombudsman Programs will ensure that thousands of meals for the most vulnerable seniors in our communities will not be reduced in 2014 and that residents of long-term care facilities will have an advocate," said Robert Haskell, president of the Pacific Life Foundation.

Elderly Nutrition Program grantees include:

  • SeniorServ - $200,000: A portion of the grant ($80,000) will be used to provide more than 60 home-bound seniors with Meals on Wheels who otherwise would be on a waiting list. The remaining $120,000 will provide more than 13,000 hot nutritious lunches at 26 senior centers in north and central Orange County over the next year. "We are pleased and honored to receive this generous grant from the Pacific Life Foundation. This support could not have come at a better time for at-risk seniors in Orange County, given the recent cutbacks in government funding coupled with the significant growth in the senior population.  We are delighted that the Pacific Life Foundation is partnering with us to stop the pain of hunger, isolation and depression of seniors in need," said Holly Hagler, CEO, SeniorServ.
  • Age Well Senior Services - $100,000: Funding will provide 18,464 hot lunches at ten senior centers in south Orange County. In addition to a nutritious meal, the weekday lunch program provides socialization and improved health outcomes for the participants.
  • City of Irvine's Senior Services Program - $10,000: The grant will help offset the federal cuts to the City's subsidized meal program at the Lakeview Senior Center, which serves hot lunches to qualifying seniors age 60 and older during the week.

Ombudsman Program grantee:
Council on Aging - Orange County - $250,000:  Funding will expand the federal and state-mandated Long-term Care Ombudsman program, which the Council on Aging-Orange County is responsible for managing county-wide. The program, which serves seniors, ensures that the living conditions for the residents in the 1,100 long-term care facilities are safe and their care is appropriate. The Foundation's grant will pay for the salaries and benefits of eight new program staff members, as well as the recruitment and training expenses for 17 additional ombudsmen field volunteers. The Pacific Life Foundation has also committed an additional $425,000 in funding for this program spread over fiscal years 2014 and 2015, totaling $675,000 in support. "We are so grateful to the Pacific Life Foundation for their generous multi-year commitment to help us protect and advocate for the growing population of underserved seniors in long term care facilities. The Foundation's support demonstrates to our community that we all must stand together to protect and ensure the dignity of these frail and vulnerable seniors, who often feel isolated, ignored and invisible," said Lisa Wright Jenkins, president & CEO, Council on Aging-Orange County.

About the Pacific Life Foundation
The Pacific Life Foundation was established in 1984. Together with Pacific Life, the Foundation has contributed donations totaling over $77.8 million to thousands of nonprofits. The Foundation will have contributed a total of $5.6 million in grants to nonprofits by year-end 2013. For more information about the Pacific Life Foundation, visit its website at http://www.pacificlifefoundation.com/.

About Pacific Life
Offering insurance since 1868, Pacific Life provides a wide range of life insurance products, annuities, and mutual funds, and offers a variety of investment products and services to individuals, businesses, and pension plans. Pacific Life counts more than half of the 100 largest U.S. companies as its clients. For additional company information, including current financial strength ratings, visit the About Pacific Life section of this website.

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