Meals on Wheels celebrates in March |

Meals on Wheels celebrates in March

Contributed photoFrom left, New Castle Mayor Frank Breslin, Silt Mayor Dave Moore and Rifle Mayor Keith Lambert celebrate Meals on Wheels. The mayors delivered meals to homebound residents last week.

In the month of March, Meals on Wheels of Western Garfield County will begin its annual fundraising campaign, March for Meals. The purpose of the campaign is to raise funds, increase awareness, and thank the volunteers who help the program serve meals to homebound senior, disabled and recovering citizens of New Castle, Silt, Rifle, Parachute and Battlement Mesa.

Meals on Wheels of Western Garfield County has been operated and supported by Grand River Hospital District since 1976. The program has a robust volunteer base, with more than 100 dedicated people who deliver meals on varying routes throughout the year. In 2010, the program delivered more than 10,000 meals.

Meals on Wheels delivers fresh, delicious noontime meals that are tailored to each client’s taste. Grand River’s nutritional services staff ensure each meal is healthy and nutritionally sound.

In addition, the program delivers cat and dog food to clients for their pets to discourage clients from giving their own food to pets. Meals on Wheels of Western Garfield County also gives clients birthday baskets and Blizzard Bags for emergencies.

Meals on Wheels of Western Garfield County will be celebrating this month in several ways, including a community awareness campaign, Mayors for Meals, and the Grand River Gallop.

Along with a national campaign, mayors from New Castle, Silt, Rifle and Parachute delivered meals to local residents in their areas on March 9 to show their ongoing support for Meals on Wheels of Western Garfield County.

The Grand River Gallop, an annual run/walk, will be held on April 16. All proceeds from this event will go towards Meals on Wheels of Western Garfield County.

For more information about the program, including volunteer opportunities and signing up for meals, please call Grand River’s Volunteer Services at 625-6423.

Donations can be sent to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 912, Rifle, CO 81650 or online at

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