Meals on Wheels needs drivers, donations
To the editor:
Residents also can sponsor a senior during the holidays or for an entire year. Once again, there is a waiting list for this service. Only when a person leaves the program can a new person be added; however an annual pledge could add a person who is in urgent need. Meals on Wheels is partly funded by the United Way, but the rising cost of food has put a strain on the program’s budget. We need your help to continue delivering food and good cheer to the hungry.
Sponsor a recipient for one week/five meals: $27.50
Sponsor a recipient for one month/20 meals: $110
Sponsor a recipient for six months/120 meals: $660
Sponsor a recipient for one year/240 meals: $1,320
Amounts listed are suggestions only.
A gift of any size is gratefully accepted at: WCCOA, 140 W. Franklin St., 4th Floor, Hagerstown, MD 21740
According to a national survey conducted for the U.S. Administration on Aging, 93 percent of participants say Meals on Wheels means they can continue living in their own home. A Washington County Meals on Wheels recipient said, “I cannot stand very long or lift heavy pots with food to cook like I used to do. I am very grateful and happy to be a part of your program.”
Most Meals on Wheels recipients live alone, do not have a support system and most are low-income. One recipient said, “The volunteers are very nice. I know I am getting one good meal a day. Before, I only ate canned vegetables.” For too many, the daily visit made by the Meals on Wheels volunteer is the only regular social contact in their lives.
Our vulnerable citizens deserve to live a life with dignity and without hunger. Won’t you please help? To learn more, please call 301-790-0275, ext. 209.
Hilary F. Lo
Washington County Commission on Aging Inc.
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