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Nutrition Services for Seniors in Deschutes County Impacted Tuesday Due To Heavy Snowfall

There will be no Meals on Wheels deliveries in Bend, Sisters or La Pine on Tuesday and clients are being advised to use shelf-stable emergency meals until service can resume. The senior lunch at the Sisters Community Church has been cancelled for Tuesday.

Bend, Ore., February 26, 2019 – Due to snow accumulation in the Bend area, Meals on Wheels will not be delivered in Bend, Sisters or La Pine on Tuesday, Feb. 26. The senior lunch at the Sisters Community Church has been cancelled on Tuesday. Other senior meal sites and Meals on Wheels delivery areas across the tri-county area may be impacted.

Meals on Wheels clients are advised to use the shelf-stable emergency meals provided in late 2018. These meals are contained in a brown box and were delivered to all Meals on Wheels clients during the winter season in case of inclement weather. The Council on Aging offices are also closed on Feb. 26, as are many local senior centers.

Meals on Wheels site coordinators are contacting clients to check on well-being and safety and to let them know about the interruption to meal delivery. There were no reported safety issues in Bend on Monday, following the first day of Meals on Wheels cancellation. Delivery may be resumed on Wednesday, Feb. 27, depending on weather conditions. The shelf-stable emergency food boxes contain five meals and are distributed ahead of the winter season in case of inclement weather or other emergencies that interrupt Meals on Wheels delivery. For updates, follow the Council on Aging’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CouncilOnAgingOfCentralOregon or check local media.

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About the Council on Aging of Central Oregon
Since 1975, the Council on Aging has served as the designated Area Agency on Aging for Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson Counties, offering adults aged 60 and older and their loved ones a range of support services. A non-profit organization, the Council on Aging advocates for, empowers and guides older adults and their loved ones to live with independence and well-being in age-friendly communities—places where infrastructure, policies and practices are developed to make the community livable, accessible and responsive to the needs of people of all ages, especially older adults.

Phone: (541) 678-5483
Website: www.councilonaging.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CouncilOnAgingOfCentralOregon

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Emily Burnham
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Council on Aging of Central Oregon
(541) 678-5483
eburnham@councilonaging.org