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Pam Almeida says her Meals on Wheels program is more than providing meals to people across the county, it’s a way to lower health-care costs and enrich lives.
Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels’ Silver Cafe, located at 4803 N. Nevada St., has been repainted by a crew of volunteer Americorps students from Educational Service District 101. The students all came from the group YouthBuild Spokane, a program that helps low-income youth between 18 and 29 years old who don’t have high school degrees or GEDs get job training in the construction field.
One of the Spokane area’s longest-established fast food restaurants teamed with Valley Meals on Wheels for Drive In and Donate. On Dec. 15 and 16, anyone who made a donation to Valley Meals on Wheels received a free “57 combo” from Ron’s Drive In, 12502 E. Sprague Ave. More than $1,000 and 350 pounds of food was collected in this event.
Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels has moved to a new office at 12101 E. Sprague Ave., between Chase Bank and the Valley Branch of the Spokane County Library. Volunteers moved the office equipment and furniture from its old location on Dishman-Mica Road to its much larger space in September.
There is a new location for seniors in need of a hot lunch during the week in Spokane Valley. The Appleway Court Retirement Center, 221 S. Farr Road, has been open for about five months and Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels has been serving residents and neighborhood seniors lunches for about three months.
Mid-City Concerns’ Meals on Wheels, the nonprofit agency dedicated to feeding Spokane’s elderly, poor and disabled residents, will no longer receive government funding after a disagreement with Valley Meals on Wheels. The schism between the two nonprofit organizations came after Valley Meals on Wheels won the state contract to feed the elderly and homebound in all of Spokane County, a contract held for three decades by the Spokane Regional Health District.
Valley Meals on Wheels has announced it will begin serving senior meals at Otis Orchards Elementary School, 22000 E. Wellesley Ave., at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Pam Almeida, executive director of Valley Meals on Wheels said this is the first time it has offered senior meals at a school.
After providing hot meals to seniors in the Spokane Valley for the past 35 years, Valley Meals on Wheels has been awarded the contract with Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington to provide meals at senior centers and home delivered meals throughout all of Spokane County. Pam Almeida, executive director of Valley Meals on Wheels, said hot meal recipients in the county should not notice any change in services with this new contract.
Last Friday was the Hearts of Gold parade that was the start of the Valleyfest community celebration for Spokane Valley citizens. I was so proud as my group of six friends and I walked back to our cars, talking and sharing how our community has been led by very good leaders and hard workers.