Over 75 volunteers gathered at the Coca Cola plant on Hercules Drive in Colchester on Sunday, Nov. 24, from 8:45-10 am to assemble 888 Blizzard Bags to help seniors make it through the long winter months. Each year, CVAA delivers Blizzard Bags to seniors receiving Meals on Wheels so they are ready in case delivery is cancelled due to bad weather.
According to Zoe Hardy, CVAA nutrition director, “We provide Blizzard Bags with four shelf-stable meals to every Meals on Wheels client in our four county area. All seniors receiving Meals on Wheels are at nutritional risk. The bags are filled with items rich in protein, grains, juices, vitamin C, vitamin A, and calcium. The bags include canned soups, vegetables, packets of high fiber oatmeal, fruit bars, and a variety of packaged fruits in juice, hot chocolate, pudding, and other treats.”
The challenging economy has had an impact on Vermont seniors and the agencies that serve them. CVAA’s Meals on Wheels program has seen the demand for Meals on Wheels increase as the cost of food has risen. Many seniors rely on CVAA’s Meals on Wheels to provide hot nutritious meals that can help them maintain their independence and health in their own homes. Last year alone, over 245,000 Meals on Wheels were served to seniors in the Champlain Valley. Hundreds of CVAA volunteers each day deliver meals to seniors in every community, no matter how remote.
According to Hardy, “Meals on Wheels are delivered by volunteers five days a week. If we feel the volunteers are going to be in danger delivering, we have to cancel meals. Our volunteers’ safety is a priority to us and knowing all our Meals on Wheels participants have the Blizzard Bags is a great comfort to the volunteers.” CVAA staff and volunteers will deliver Blizzard Bags in Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle counties.
For more information, call 1(800) 642-5119 or visit www.cvaa.org.