County Executive John R. Leopold Authorizes an Emergency Grant to Meals on Wheels
|Annapolis (June 9, 2008) - County Executive John R. Leopold and the Anne Arundel Department of Aging and Disabilities are proud to announce an emergency grant of $50,000.00 to Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland to supply more services to the aging residents of the county.|
"I am pleased that this grant could be made available to seniors in Anne Arundel County. I am very aware of the needs of our vulnerable senior population," said County Executive Leopold. "I am pleased that Meals on Wheels, in partnership with my Department of Aging and Disabilities, can address these needs. It is especially important that we at the county level can facilitate distribution of dry goods and non-perishable food items before the hurricane season is fully upon us. In this way, we can guarantee provisions to our senior population without risking harm to our wonderful Meals on Wheels volunteers. I would like to thank all the men and women that volunteer there time to serve this great organization."
According to Terry A. Lehr, Program Supervisor, Anne Arundel County, higher energy costs and an overall rise in the cost of living has caused more seniors over 60 living on a fixed income to apply for Title 3 food subsidy funds. Many of these homebound clients had been purchasing meals but now need assistance to obtain the nutritionally balanced lunches that Meals on Wheels deliver daily Monday through Friday.
In order to qualify for Title 3 funds an individual must be over 60 year of age and have a disposable income of less than $100.00. The fiscal year 2008 grant will allow Meals on Wheels to increase service to this population from 80 clients to approximately 120 clients.
This grant also enables Meal on Wheels to package and distribute through their volunteer driver emergency food kits. These kits contain food and water that can be pantry stored and consumed when there is a power outage. The kit contains enough provision to last 2 to 3 days. Because of this grant, these packets will arrive in time for the summer storm season.
According to Ms. Lehr, there are three Meals on Wheels service sites located throughout Anne Arundel County:
Meals are also distributed from sites at the O’Malley Senior Center in Odenton, the Community United Methodist Church and Magothy United Methodist Church in Pasadena and Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Owensville.
For more information on Meals on Wheels and volunteer opportunities call Meals on Wheels at 410-626-7543 or visit the web site at www.mealsonwheelsmd.org