ASHE COUNTY —Five days a week volunteers with Ashe Services for Aging’s Home Delivered Meals Program pack insulated coolers with tasty recipes and deliver them to elderly, home bound residents across Ashe County.
And while the program serves more than 100 people already, plenty more could use the help.
That’s according to ASA officials, who said budget cuts and a growing demand for home delivered meals has made it difficult to serve the elderly population as effectively as they’d like. The agency said 15 residents are currently on a waiting list.
But Ashe Services for Aging has a plant. The agency hopes their upcoming 8th annual fundraising event, “Taste of the Mountains,” will come up with the funds needed to help serve more residents. Last year’s event allowed four residents to be taken off the waiting list.
On Thursday, Oct. 15, local restaurants will be donating 10 percent of their sales for either breakfast, lunch, dinner, or the entire day.
According to Ashe Services for Aging Nutrition Coordinator Brenda Phillips, more restaurants are participating this year than ever before.
“We’ve definitely had a good turnout,” Phillips said.
Altogether, 14 restaurants will participate including Bantam Chef, Bobby D’s, Bohemia, Frogurt, Gunpowder Grill, Hardee’s, Shatley Springs, Sweet and Savory, The Harvest Café, The Hotel Tavern, The Log House, The River House, When Pigs Fly and Winner’s Circle.
Also sponsoring the program are Luther and Libby Pitts, Boone Family Funeral Home, Miller Insurance Agency, and Skyline Membership Corporation.
Home Delivered Meal Program has nearly 25 volunteers that drive hundreds of miles each week to deliver meals using routes that extend from Crumpler to Glendale Springs, Baldwin to Creston, Wagner to West Jefferson, Helton to East Jefferson and many places in between.
Phillips says the program’s volunteers enjoy interacting with the different residents and it is something that they all genuinely love doing.
“I enjoy going out and meeting the people who can’t get out of their homes and can’t cook for themselves,” Volunteer Leslie Lewis said. “Its a nice thing to be able to serve the community in this small way.”
For more information and to see the dining participation times, visit www.asheaging.org or call 336-246-2461.
For more information about home delivered meals or volunteering as a driver, contact Phillips at 336-246-2461.
Hannah Myers can be reached at 336-846-7164 or on Twitter @cmedia_hmyers.