Senior-meals need up, director says

A grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust will help Meals on Wheels, the nutrition program for homebound seniors, keep up with increasing demand. But donations of time and energy are still needed, officials say.

The $100,000 capacity-building grant couldn't come at a better time, said Jane Whaley, development director for the meals program in Jackson and Josephine counties.

"Our senior population is growing and our meals served has increased by 10,000 each year for the past three years," Whaley said.

The two-year grant will provide $60,000 the first year, and $40,000 the next. The money will help the nonprofit organization can keep seniors fed and off a waiting list, she said.

The money will be used to increase hours of operation at the agency's four key sites — Ashland, Medford, Central Point and Grants Pass. It will also be used to purchase additional equipment and supplies, Whaley said.

The program currently has more than 300 volunteers who provide meals to 3,300 seniors in Jackson and Josephine counties.

— Sanne Specht

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