Mar 28, 2016 10:00 PM by Linda Watkins-Bennett
A fundraising campaign is underway in Shasta County to benefit the Meals on Wheels Senior Nutrition Program
Last y ear Meals on Wheels served 62,980 meals to 562 home bound seniors. They receive hot, nutritious meals 5 days a week, and receive frozen meals for the weekend.
The cost for food, staff and deliver is $6.50 per client. And while their suggested contribution is $3.50, only 10% can afford to pay it. They still receive meals, regardless of their ability to contribute.
Drivers personally deliver the meals and also check for general safety. On average, they call for assistance at least twice a week because something "just isn't right" with the health of a client. So the benefits of a regular visit far exceed nutrition. It's especially important for seniors who live in rural areas.
Because the program is not fully funded by the government, there is a persistent waiting list to be accepted to the program.
Fortunately there are about 60 dedicated volunteers, who use their own vehicles and fuels, to help out. But the three vehicles that are operated by the program are all aging and in need of replacement.
That's why fundraising is necessary.
If you are able to donate, you can do it through Mercy Foundation North at 247-3424 or www.supportmercynorth.org.