Nine area nonprofit organizations partnered at Clipper Stadium to assemble, package, and ultimately deliver 5,000 meals to families served by Meals On Wheels throughout Lancaster County, as well as the Lancaster County Office of Aging through their network of Senior Centers.
Volunteers assembled shelf-stable meals that will be distributed to 1,000 Lancaster County recipients. These meals will be composed of many different products: Chicken noodle soup, canned turkey or pork, tuna, fruit cups, juice, granola bars, mixed nuts, raisins and more. Each box is packed with a can opener so that the recipients may use the canned goods safely. A face mask is also included so that recipients may carry on with their day-to-day tasks during this COVID-19 crisis with ease of mind.
"This project was inspired through our partnership with the Lancaster County Office of Aging," said Feleen Nancarvis, Meals of Wheels Lancaster. "As COVID-19 became more prevalent in our county, we became aware that our Meals on Wheels clients were in need of additional meal support. Together, our agencies determined that it would be important to supply these individuals with 5 shelf-stable meals. The recipients are the most vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19 and they are equally dependent on the organizations providing services to them in their homes."
Participating organizations include: Meals on Wheels Lancaster, Lancaster County Office of Aging, United Way of Lancaster County, Mennonite Central Committee, Mennonite Disaster Service, American Red Cross, Central PA Food Bank, The Restaurant Store, and the First Presbyterian Church of Lancaster.
Click here to view a video of the meal packing event.