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Meals on Wheels receives $10,000 donations

By: Stephanie Dumm, News Messenger Reporter
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Seniors First received a $10,000 donation last week from the Lincoln Hills Foundation to provide Lincoln seniors with Meals on Wheels. “They support what we do,” said Vernon Chong, grants committee chair for the Lincoln Hills Foundation. “We try to keep people in their homes as long as they can be independently. Our mission is to keep senior citizens in their homes.” Meals on Wheels, which is part of Seniors First’s Senior Nutrition Program, “provides nutritious noon time meals Monday through Friday,” according to Seniors First spokesman Shea Cullen. Meals on Wheels recipients have said the program “allows them to remain independent in their homes,” according to Cullen. “While many local seniors are fortunate enough to receive the support of friends, neighbors and family members, a particularly large portion of our elderly rely on the Senior Nutrition Program for their daily contact,” said Seniors First Executive Director Candace Roeder. “A lot of our Home Delivered Meals participants will meet the volunteer delivery driver at their doors. They desperately want human contact.” A recent congressional report stated that 90 percent of low-income seniors suffer from food insecurities, according to Cullen. “Half of all health conditions impacting seniors are directly connected to a lack of nutrients,” Cullen said. “Providing adequate nutrition is truly preventative medicine. To put this in perspective, the cost of 250 home-delivered meals equals one day in stay in the hospital,” Cullen said. “Facts like this show it is imperative that we provide adequate nutrition to seniors, especially since medical bills are becoming a massive drain on the U.S. economy and most people would prefer to see their money go to feeding hungry seniors, not covering hospital bills that could have been prevented.” Chong said the money donated to Meals on Wheels is for Lincoln residents. “It has to be used for residents in Lincoln, and not just Lincoln Hills, the whole Lincoln community,” Chong said. The Lincoln Hills Foundations provides funding for organizations that benefit seniors within the Western Placer Unified School District, Chong said. The foundation has provided $62,300 in donations to Seniors First “over the past seven to eight years,” Chong said. “All of our donations we give out in grants,” Chong said. That grant money is raised through donations and fundraisers, Chong said, including the upcoming Dine Around Shop Around Lincoln. “It’s discounts and coupons for merchants and eating places in the Lincoln community,” Chong said. “It’s $20 for 150 to 170 coupons.” For information on the Lincoln Hills Foundation and Dine Around Shop Around Lincoln, visit lincolnhillsfoundation.org. For more information about Seniors First and Meals on Wheels, visit seniorsfirst.org. The Lincoln News Messenger profiles a nonprofit organization every week. If you would like to see an organization featured, please call 774-7967 or e-mail stephanied@goldcountrymedia. com.