FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nutrition Services for Seniors in Deschutes County Continue To Be Impacted By Snowstorm

Meals on Wheels services continue to be affected, with no deliveries in Bend or La Pine on Wednesday. The senior lunch at the Bend Community Center has been cancelled for Thursday. Emergency food is being utilized by homebound seniors.

Bend, Ore., February 27, 2019 – Due to continuation of the Central Oregon snowstorm, Meals on Wheels will not be delivered in Bend or La Pine on Wednesday, Feb. 27. The senior lunch at the Bend Community Center has been cancelled on Thursday, Feb. 28. Other senior meal sites and Meals on Wheels delivery areas across the tri-county area may be impacted. The Council on Aging offices continue to be closed on Wednesday, as are many local senior centers.

Meals on Wheels site coordinators have been contacting clients since Monday to check on well-being and safety and to let them know about the interruption to meal delivery. There have been no reported safety issues so far. Council on Aging volunteers are mobilized to help deliver meals as soon as it is safe to do so.

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 shelf-stable emergency food boxes contain five meals. 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
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Media Contact
Emily Burnham
Strategic communications and public relations manager
Council on Aging of Central Oregon
(541) 678-5483
eburnham@councilonaging.org