Montgomery Area Council on Aging Holds Annual Culinary Caper
The Montgomery Area Council on Aging held their 22nd annual Culinary Caper to fund the Meals on Wheels Program. The Meals on Wheels delivers a hot, nutritious meal to home bound Montgomery area seniors who may not get much food otherwise.
The event featured a silent auction and luncheon. While there was plenty of food from area restaurants, there was more than just a meal on everyone’s mind.
“Oh it’s so much more than a meal! The meal’s the least of it!” said Chef Coordinator Al Steineker. Steineker organized the meals and serving volunteers at the event, and said those on the receiving end of the Meals on Wheels program get more than just a hot lunch.
“It’s important to take care of those people who cannot take care of themselves, for whatever reason,” Steineker said. “And this is a great thing about meals on wheels. It’s daily contact, it’s food, it’s seeing that individual and companionship for the person who is visiting.”
The executive director of Montgomery Area Council on Aging, Donna Marietta, said senior hunger is a serious and often unheard of issue in Montgomery.
“We know there is senior hunger and isolation,” she said. “We know that it exists. And we know that is crosses all socio, and economic barriers. We know also, that one in six seniors in our community are food insecure.”
The Meals on Wheels Program can also help out with senior isolation.
“So it’s important for them to know every day, they’re going to receive a hot meal and it’s going to be delivered by a volunteer with a friendly smile and some conversation,” she said.
Both Steineker and Marietta agreed, feeding the elderly is something the entire community should stand by. They said you never know when it could benefit you or your loved one.
“Because one day I’m going to be old. And I don’t have to use this service, but I want it to be there just in case,” Steineker said.
For more information on volunteering for the Meals on Wheels Program, click here.