TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — “I am so grateful for you and your angels in making such a difference in the quality of my life.
“Thanks to you, I have been able to remain living independently in my own home. And each day you deliver so much more than just a yummy meal — you care about me. You really care!”
The above words are from a participant at Sierra Senior Services.
This organization, established in 2002, brings food and friendship to more than 450 at-risk seniors living in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee communities who otherwise would remain isolated, hungry and at risk of losing their independence.
The aging population in our community is rapidly growing. Census data reveals more than 20 percent are individuals over the age of 60. We expect this year to provide 30,000 meals — 5,000 more meals than last year.
In addition hot meal delivery, volunteers also provide a daily check on recipient’s well-being, a smile and a caring visit to this vulnerable group of people.
Sierra Senior Services is committed to meeting the growing demand for service, but given the reductions and sequestered State and Federal funds, along with the participant donations decreasing to an all-time low of 72 cents per meal, we need support from the entire community.
Together, we can make a difference in reducing senior hunger and providing meals to seniors in need. California ranks 18th in senior food insecurity — the uncertainty of how a senior will provide for their next meal.
The Meals on Wheels Program is one of the largest care programs for individuals 60-plus years of age in the country. Each meal program is independently operated at the local level. Senior hunger has an impact on the affected person’s overall health and a direct bearing on a person’s ability to perform average daily living activities such as walking, bathing and dressing independently, which are required for independent living.
Good nutrition is an essential component toward keeping a senior living in their own home. Ongoing hunger and malnutrition can cause chronic disease that results in expensive, lengthy and repeated hospitalizations, as well as premature placement in a long term care facility.
It takes an entire community to support successful aging. We therefore cordially invite you to attend Sierra Senior Services’ fundraiser, the 13th Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Bingo Night on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Community Recreation Center in Truckee.
The event begins with a no-host bar, followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and bingo 7-9 p.m. In addition, raffle prizes and a silent auction keep the evening full of surprises.
This year’s raffle prizes include two round trip airline tickets anywhere in the Continental United States on Southwest Airlines; two nights for two in Calistoga (including wine tasting, dinner and massage); and a wilderness dog sled tour for two adults in Squaw Valley. In addition, the silent auction table includes a variety of items.
Destinations are featured on www.sierraseniors.org and we encourage you to review the listing of trips prior to the event.
We are honored to have the support from the following sponsors: Gold, Tahoe Forest Hospital; Bronze, Tahoe City Coldwell Banker; Mountain Hardware; McBride’s Nursery; Rock & Rose, Porter Simon and Truckee Lumber Company.
Tickets can be purchased at www.sierraseniors.org, by calling 530-550-7600, at Plumas Bank or the Community Recreation Center. The cost is $20 a person in advance or $25 at the door.
This annual event is our agency’s major fundraiser that keeps Meals on Wheels rolling! We continue to be appreciative of the ongoing support from local service clubs, as their volunteer efforts reveal a community that reflects, “I am here for you now and I care.”
Please join us for an evening of fun that will bring continued qualify of life to the mothers and fathers of the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee communities. You may not know their names, but the impact you have made on their lives will last a lifetime!
For further information contact Sarah Deardorff, executive director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-550-7600.
Mary M. Anderson is a Board Member with Sierra Senior Services.