Christmas Event Raises Money for Meals on Wheels

The cost of providing Meals on Wheels for one year to a senior living at home is less than the cost of one day’s hospitalization if that senior’s condition deteriorates. At a Christmas event held this month, Meals on Wheels administrators and volunteers stressed the importance of the program in the face of drastic federal cuts.

“It’s very important to keep people in homes,” said Darlene Morgenstern-Loch, assistant director of Lutheran Social Service’s Senior Nutrition Program. But Morgenstern-Loch said that it becomes more difficult to keep seniors in their homes in the wake of federal budget cuts.

For many seniors, the Meals on Wheels deliveries are the only social contact they get over the winter. Without that daily contact, some seniors would have to move into assisted living. The event held last moth was to raise additional funds for the program. Area seniors donated gift baskets and quilts for a raffle and a bake sale was held. Each year they try to raise more than the last in order to keep more seniors living at home. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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