Island Senior: Local Celebrities Support Meals On Wheels

Posted April 2, 2021 at 5:30 am by

David Baley (MOW volunteer), Dennis Busse (MOW volunteer), Pat Ball (MOW volunteer), Greg Ford (Celebrity Volunteer), Nancy Geist & Gayle Rollins (MOW kitchen staff), Christine Minney (Celebrity Volunteer), Linda Chowdry (MOW volunteer), Norvin Collins (Celebrity Volunteer)

“Island Senior” is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae.

We can­not say it enough. More than ever dur­ing this time of Covid, San Juan County’s Senior Nutri­tion Pro­gram, “Meals on Wheels” serves as a life­line to many of our island seniors.

Fire Chief Norvin Collins, Dorothy Stone, Meals on Wheels Volunteer Linda Chowdry

With usu­al fundrais­ing events still out of the ques­tion, local celebri­ties stepped up to bring atten­tion to our Meals on Wheels pro­gram. Our local celebs joined our reg­u­lar vol­un­teer Meals on Wheels dri­vers for an extra spe­cial meal delivery!

A big thank you to Fire and Res­cue Chief Norvin Collins and his impres­sive vehi­cle. Imag­ine get­ting your lunch deliv­ered by a fire truck!

Said Collins, “The ener­gy from the Meals on Wheels team is con­ta­gious, and you see it most when the meals are deliv­ered. The warm greet­ings and inter­ac­tions are what makes our islands spe­cial. From staff to vol­un­teers, the Meals on Wheels pro­gram is a gem in our com­mu­ni­ty. We are for­tu­nate to have so many car­ing and com­pas­sion­ate peo­ple work­ing to sup­port those in our com­mu­ni­ty who need sup­port. Great work, Meals on Wheels!

Thanks also to for­mer restau­ra­teur and new­ly elect­ed San Juan Coun­ty Coun­cil­woman Chris­tine Min­ney as well as for­mer restau­ra­teur and man about town Gregg Ford. Gregg is the soon-to-be new day­time man­ag­er for the Madrona Bar and Grill at Roche Har­bor. Norvin, Chris­tine and Gregg teamed up with our reg­u­lar Meals on Wheels vol­un­teer dri­vers deliv­er­ing meals to islanders.

Coun­ty wide the nutri­tion pro­gram deliv­ers approx­i­mate­ly 2,400 nutri­tious meals to home­bound seniors every month. When our senior cen­ters closed last year Meals on Wheels stepped up to accom­mo­date seniors who would now be miss­ing Senior Com­mu­ni­ty Meals and are stay­ing home to stay safe dur­ing the pandemic.

Gary Enersen and Christine Minney

The San Juan Coun­ty Senior Nutri­tion Pro­gram deliv­ers meals on San Juan, Orcas, and Lopez islands and is admin­is­tered by the non-prof­it What­com Coun­cil on Aging, San Juan Coun­ty Senior Ser­vices, and the senior cen­ters on each island.  The pro­gram is par­tial­ly fund­ed through fed­er­al grants and San Juan Coun­ty levy fund­ing leav­ing dona­tions as a crit­i­cal piece of the pie chart.

Now more than ever the pro­gram relies on dona­tions. Meals are giv­en for a sug­gest­ed five dol­lars or what­ev­er is afford­able. No one is turned down for lack of funds. A dona­tion of $100 ensures that 20 nutri­tious meals will be deliv­ered to San Juan island seniors in need.

Tax-deductible dona­tions may be made payable to “Meals on Wheels” and mailed to the Mullis Senior Cen­ter at PO Box 951, Fri­day Har­bor, WA 98250.


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