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'Blizzard boxes' equip the homebound for harsh weather

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Photo submitted Della Darnall, Senior CommUnity Meals program warehouse manager, and Al Shonk, Senior CommUnity Meals program director, assemble the "blizzard boxes." Deliveries to Montrose area participants started Dec. 15, with Delta County and the Nort

Senior CommUnity Meals, a program of Volunteers of America, is assembling emergency "blizzard boxes" to distribute to their homebound older adult clients beginning Dec. 15. The emergency food boxes will contain enough food for six meals in the event a storm hits the area.

"In past years we have provided these boxes during the harsh winter months in the event we were not able to deliver or otherwise provide meals at the meal sites due to severe weather conditions. The boxes serve as a reassurance to our homebound clients that they will not go hungry in a storm," Al Shonk said.

Non-perishable items like individual cans of chili, spaghetti, ravioli, tuna, fruit cups, juice boxes, packs of peanuts, sunflower seeds and crackers are some of the items included in the boxes.

Over the past year, approximately 75,000 hot and frozen meals have been provided through Senior CommUnity Meals to the senior citizens of Delta, Montrose and San Miguel counties.

"We want to do this to let our customers know how much we care about them. This project has received numerous donations from very generous businesses and individuals in our area. We are extremely grateful for their support," Shonk said.

The program serves lunches at seven community meal sites from Olathe to Paonia to Nucla/Naturita and delivers meals to seniors' homes utilizing a network of staff and volunteers covering approximately 4,600 square miles.

Senior CommUnity Meals is principally funded by the Region 10 Area Agency on Aging.

For more information on Senior CommUnity Meals, visit www.seniorcommunitymeals.org.

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