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Local businesses honor seniors

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Courtesy Marianne Porter and#8220;Meals on Wheels has been so helpful and such a blessing. I canand#8217;t be more thankful,and#8221; said senior Susan P. She stands with Fred, who has been a MOW driver for the past 12 years. The Truckee route now covers downtown Truckee, Glenshire, Hirschdale, Prosser Lakeview, Tahoe Donner and Donner Summit. Fred has previously been nominated by Sierra Senior Services as Volunteer of the Year for his efforts to continue to keep people safe in their homes. Fred has delivered more than 75,000 meals for Sierra Senior Services.

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; In honor of Older Americanand#8217;s Month in May, several local businesses participated in Sierra Senior Services and#8220;Wonand#8217;t you buy lunch for a senior?and#8221; campaign. Donations from the community were taken at the following businesses that joined in this fundraiser:

The Bridgetender, Wagon Train, Lanza’s, Hacidenda del Lago, Jake’s on the Lake, Sunnyside, and Log Cabin.

and#8220;Weand#8217;re very grateful for these restaurants who ran specials, sponsored advertising, change collection and asked their customers to support the Meals on Wheels programs right here in Tahoe,and#8221; said Sarah Deardorff, executive director of Sierra Senior Services.

Older Americanand#8217;s Month celebrations are endorsed by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Administration on Aging. May is Older Americans Month, a perfect opportunity to show appreciation for the older adults in our communities. Since 1963, communities across the nation have come together to celebrate Older Americans Month and#8212; a proud tradition that shows the nationand#8217;s commitment to recognizing the contributions and achievements of older Americans.

When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthdays. About a third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs.

With Baby Boomers reaching retirement age, Meals on Wheels is a critical program that fulfills a very basic human need. Itand#8217;s easy to imagine your own parents or grandparents needing a little help when they are unable to prepare their own meals.

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Sierra Senior Services is the local Meals on Wheels provider for Placer and Nevada counties. SSS delivers hot, nutritionally complete meals to local seniors so they can remain in their Tahoe homes. They deliver more than 24,000 meals each year to seniors who cannot shop or cook for themselves. Only 30 percent of their funding comes from government sources and with the recent budget cuts at the county level that funding is diminishing.

To donate or for more information, visit ttseniorscouncil.org or call 530-550-7600. Sierra Senior Services is located at 10040 Estates Drive, #A in Truckee.