Shoppers respond to appeals for food

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Courtesy: 
Waterbury Republican American
Waterbury, CT

Meals on Wheels benefits

The region's Meals on Wheels program got a much-needed infusion of cash from a fundraiser held in supermarkets, restaurants and banks in the area.

The annual Buy A Wheel campaign, sponsored by New Opportunities Inc., which operates Meals on Wheels, has raised $12,674 for the program, said Lisa LaBonte, the agency's senior nutrition services director.

Businesses throughout Greater Waterbury participated in the campaign by asking their patrons to donate money to Meals on Wheels.

Among the businesses participating were New Morning Natural and Organic Foods in Woodbury, and LaBonne's Markets in Woodbury, Southbury and Watertown. The three LaBonne's stores raised more than $3,300.

The money will defray the cost of food prepared for homebound people who rely on Meals on Wheels for their daily nutrition.

Recipients are asked to pay $5 a day for their food, but many can't afford a donation, so the fundraiser offsets the cost.

"The campaign was developed to help defer the rising cost of serving meals to homebound seniors who struggle to remain independent in their own home," LaBonte said. "Many Meals on Wheels clients are no longer able to do their own grocery shopping or have limitations that prevent them from cooking for themselves."

Meals on Wheels volunteers served 1,390 homebound seniors more than 387,930 home-delivered meals in Greater Waterbury last year.

The program also operates a lunch service that last year provided 60,267 meals to 2,873 seniors.

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