December 11, 2016 – Rifle, Colorado- Two Rifle High School students, Ana Ibarra and Natalie Diaz, with funds from a Western Colorado Community Foundation grant, will bring Blizzard Bags to Grand River Meals on Wheels’ seventy five recipients in the weeks to come. Blizzard Bags provide 48 hours of shelf stable emergency food .The resources for this project come from a foundation grant from the Western Colorado Community Foundation’s Mary Catherine Gallarnau Blue Fund.
Grand River Meals on Wheels (GRMOW) program, which delivers over 1,300 meals monthly to seniors, disabled and recovering clients throughout western Garfield County, from Parachute to New Castle. This year an estimate of 17,000 meals will be delivered to the doorsteps of seniors, disabled, and hospice clients. The meals are made at Grand River Café and delivered by approximately 75 volunteers throughout the week. Grand River Hospital District has participated in Meals on Wheels since 1976 and continues to grow yearly. Kaaren Peck, Grand River Meals on Wheels Director states, “These Blizzards Bags will lessen the food anxiety in some of our most vulnerable and it is always amazing when caring young adults, like Ana and Natalie lend a hand to make it all happen! This is a great way to closeout our 40th Anniversary year.”
More than 5,000 Meals on Wheels Programs across America leverage a dedicated army of two million volunteers who day-in and day-out create an efficient and caring way to keep America’s seniors stay independent, healthy and able to live in their own homes.