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Maine Seniors Can't Wait
The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting another cold winter in Maine. The local meteorologists are expecting mild temperatures, but heavy snow fall. Whatever the forecast, we know for certain that winter is a tough time of year for homebound Maine seniors.
For many of us, fall and winter are joyful months as we spend time with family, reflect on the many things we’re grateful for, and generously give to others.
However, for many older adults, this is a stressful time of year worrying about high heating costs, inclement weather, and difficulty getting to the grocery store. For many seniors living alone, the holidays are difficult, lonely days.
This holiday season, I hope you will consider a gift to the Meals on Wheels program – a service that helps to brighten lives, and improve nutrition, for older adults who are homebound, can’t get to the grocery store, or who can’t prepare meals on their own.
At the Southern Maine Agency on Aging, we are working hard year-round to ensure we do NOT have a waiting list for our Meals on Wheels program. A Meals on Wheels waiting list is a constant worry as governmental funding for the program remains flat. Again this year, nutrition programs nationwide are sharing a flat amount of federal funding, at a time when need for the service and food costs are rising.
In fact, Maine is receiving less federal funding for Meals on Wheels in 2016 than it did in 2006.
But you can help. Your gift to Meals on Wheels today would immediately be put to use to help purchase and deliver nutritious meals to homebound seniors in need.
Your support will enable SMAA to continue Meals on Wheels without a waiting list, so that no senior has to go hungry.
Thank you for your consideration of a gift of any size during this season of giving.
Laurence W. Gross
P.S. Soon it will be tax time. Perhaps not the happiest thought, but there could be a silver lining. Your gift made to the Agency before the end of the December is tax deductible, so please don’t wait! Make your donation today!