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Mayors for Meals brings awareness to Tahoe Truckee senior nutrition

Staff report

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Town of Truckee mayor Patrick Flora and Vice Mayor Alicia Barr took to the streets March 19 in support of the Annual March for Meals campaign, led by the Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA).

Operated locally by Sierra Senior Services, Meals on Wheels anticipates serving more than 30,000 meals this year, and has added a new Incline Village route to the Truckee, North Lake Tahoe and Donner Summit deliveries.

According to Sarah Deardorff, SSS executive director, about 1,226 meals have been served in Incline Village since June 3, 2013 for 19 participants.

The SSS program is one of 40 percent of Meals on Wheels programs with a facility to prepare homemade meals, avoiding canned products and offering fresh fruits.

On the Mayor for Meals date, hot meatloaf and mash potatoes was on the menu — the comfort food aroma filling Truckee Donner Senior apartments dining room.

Flora enjoyed the opportunity to participate. The thought of his own parents' care "really brings it home." Flora is a longtime participant in the "early morning cooking show" at the monthly Pancake Breakfast to benefit Meals on Wheels, and also helps with the senior firewood program, where Rotarians cut, deliver and stack firewood.

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Fred Van Trease has delivered Meals on Wheels five days a week for 18 years, since his wife passed away. "What was I going to do, sit around and stare at the walls?" quipped Van Trease.

Nationwide, Meal on Wheels will keep 2.5 million seniors living in their own homes. Currently, approximately 25 percent of the population in Truckee/Lake Tahoe area is over the age of 60.

The Meals on Wheels program is more than a hot meal, it's also a warm smile and a safety wellness check Monday through Friday.

Van Trease and other drivers might shovel the walk, bring in the mail, and on several sad occasions, report a participant's death to the proper authorities.

Truckee's Vice Mayor Barr has volunteered for Meals on Wheels with her daughter Sofia for two years. Barr and Sofia, age 8, walk the "congregation" route at the apartment, sharing plenty of smiles.

"This brings awareness to an important asset in our community from a town (of Truckee) standpoint," said Barr.

SUPPORT SENIOR NUTRITION

Help Sierra Senior Services continue to serve up another year of home-cooked meals. According to MOWAA, one out of six, or 8.8 million seniors suffer from nutritional deficiencies.

"A huge amount of support … about 50 percent comes from the community and service clubs," said Deardorff.

If you can spare a couple of hours during the day, a few more drivers are needed to start a second meal route in Truckee.

Visit http://www.sierraseniors.org to learn more about the program, sign up to be a volunteer or make a contribution.

PANCAKES AND TURNS

The Monthly Pancake Breakfast fundraiser to benefit the Senior meals program and the Meals on Wheels will be held on April 6, 8-11:30 a.m. in the Truckee Donner Senior Apartments dining room at 10040 Estates Drive. The April sponsor is the Truckee Soroptimist. The breakfast is open to everyone. Cost is adults $7, children $3.

Half price lift tickets at Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows will benefit the local Meals on Wheels and senior nutrition programs. Tickets are good starting April 6 until the end of this season. Cost is $25, available for online purchase at http://www.sierraseniors.org or in the office.

Call 530-550-7600 for any questions.