TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Sierra Senior Services’ Executive Director Sarah Deardorff officially received the keys to a shiny new Meals On Wheels delivery van — a 2011 Ford Transit Connect — at Harrah’s Plaza in downtown Reno, Nev. It was the 44th delivery vehicle donated by the Caesars Foundation, formerly the Harrah’s Foundation. Since 2002, the foundation has contributed more than $5 million to the Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA).
“Our focus is on seniors,” said Caesars Foundation President Janet Beronio. “We especially support not-for-profit agencies that help seniors live independently, and help them maintain mental and physical vitality,” she added.
“Sierra Senior Services is a safety net for seniors in our community,” said Deardorff. “Our goal is to help seniors stay healthy, happy and home as long as possible.”
By the year 2030, there will be 70 million seniors in America, according to MOWAA Vice President Robert Herbolsheimer, emphasizing that every seven seconds someone turns 60.
“That knock on the door, that friendly smile, that check-in from one of your volunteers is what makes a difference in the life of a senior. One organization, one person making a difference.” He also added that Meals On Wheels delivers one million meals per day nationwide.
More than 24,000 meals are delivered annually to seniors in the Truckee and North Lake Tahoe communities. For donations or volunteer information, please contact Sierra Senior Services at 550-7600 or www.sierraseniors.org.