Memories & Milestones
Blizzard bags for Grand River Meals on Wheels recipients
Two Rifle High School students, Alexa Paniagua and Sarahi Ruiz brought Blizzard Bags to Grand River Meals on Wheels’ 75 recipients this winter.
Blizzard Bags provide 48 hours of shelf-stable emergency food to help alleviate food anxiety among some of the most vulnerable in our communities.
The resources for this project come from a foundation grant from the Western Colorado Community Foundation’s Mary Catherine Gallarnau Blue Fund.
Grand River Meals on Wheels (GRMOW) program delivers more than 1,300 meals monthly to seniors, disabled and recovering clients throughout western Garfield County, from Parachute to New Castle. This year an estimate of 15,000 meals will be delivered to the doorsteps of seniors, disabled and hospice clients. The meals are made at Grand River Café and delivered by approximately 75 volunteers throughout the week. Grand River Hospital District has participated in Meals on Wheels since 1976 and continues to grow yearly. Kaaren Peck, Grand River Meals on Wheels Director states, “As we enter our 40 Anniversary year (2016), we hope to improve the health, both nutritional and emotional, of seniors in our community. It is wonderful to receive grant funding and eager young people like Alexa and Sarahi who donate resources and time to make the Blizzard Bags possible.”
More than 5,000 Meals on Wheels Programs across America leverage a dedicated army of 2 million volunteers who day-in and day-out create an efficient and caring way to keep America’s seniors stay independent, healthy and able to live in their own homes.
Anvil Points Quilt Guild makes placemats for Meals on Wheels recipients
Thank you so much to the Anvil Points Quilt Guild. The Rifle-based group quilted more than 75 placemats for Grand River Meals on Wheels recipients. These placemats will be delivered to clients from Parachute to New Castle to spread a bit of holiday cheer to some of our most vulnerable in our community.
“Now our clients have something cheery to brighten up each and every meal. When the winter holidays are over, all they have to do is turn it over for a year-round scene; a picture-perfect way to go into our 40th Anniversary year,” explains Kaaren Peck, Grand River Meals on Wheels director.
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