Meals on Wheels Fluvanna 2019 Emergency Bag Program Accepting Donations
FLUVANNA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Fluvanna Meals on Wheels is now accepting donations for its emergency bag program. With the weather getting colder, and snow just around the corner, the nonprofit says for their clients these bags can be the difference between a full belly and going hungry.
The bags are for use in emergencies only, as Meals on Wheels typically delivers a hot lunch to their clients five days a week. The program follows the Fluvanna County School System's lead. If the school system decides not to hold classes, the nonprofit considers conditions too dangerous for its volunteer drivers. These emergency bags contain five days worth of food, just in case deliveries can't be made for an extended period of time.
"There would be five proteins, five cans of vegetables, five fruits, and then crackers: saltines, graham crackers and things like that," Ann Cagle, vice-chair of Meals on Wheels Fluvanna, said. "So on the days that we cannot deliver, they still have the option of having a meal."
Meals on Wheels Fluvanna started the emergency bag program eight years ago when they had to give out more expensive frozen dinners during a particularly hard winter. The organization tries to give four rounds of emergency bags, to make sure clients have enough food throughout the season. The program will accept donations through February, but organizers say they've still got a long way to go.
"We have 65 bags donated so far," Lisa Hines, chair of Meals on Wheels Fluvanna said. "We currently serve 75 clients."
The nonprofit is accepting donations for the program at their Crofton Plaza headquarters. Deliveries can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will accept any non-perishable items that the public wants to donate, but if possible, they're specifically looking for smaller portions and lower sodium products, with flip-top lids for their clients with arthritis.