Sonora, CA — $50,000 is the current deficit facing the Tuolumne County Meals On Wheels program managed by Sierra Foothills Senior Managment.
Director of Operations Randy Hunsaker says MOW does receive federal and state funding but the program shows a $2.25 deficit for each meal it serves and last year 54,000 meals were served to seniors.
Hunsaker adds the program has been able to cut $1,000 in overhead due to the use of a Hot Shot van that can both heat and refrigerate meals. That van replaces two trucks that were leased from the state for $500 apiece per month. Hansaker says the immediate need is another Hot Shot van.
Manager Joi Reeves says that drivers delivering the meals have developed many meaningful friendships with seniors who may have nobody else in their lives. Often times MOW personnel have aided clients who needed immediate medical care.
Coming up Saturday, September 29th the Jamestown Railtown 1897 Park will host a fundraiser for the Meals On Wheels Program which services a thousand clients a year with only 40 volunteers.
Black Oak Casino General Manager Ron Patel is serving as the Event Committee Chair.
Written by Bill Johnson