Skagit County, WA– The Skagit County Meals on Wheels Program has been facing some funding cuts this year totaling nearly $50,000, so they are having a Bingo Night and Baked Potato Bar fundraiser to help raise funds to keep the program going.
On Monday, March 16th, 2020 they will be holding a Bingo and Baked Potato Bar Fundraiser that is open to the entire community. The dinner starts at 4:30 p.m. and runs until 7:30 p.m. The Bingo Games will run from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. There is a requested $10.00 donation at the door and that includes the Baked Potato Bar with chili and 2 Bingo Cards with the option to purchase extra BINGO cards.
This Fundraiser is being sponsored by the Burlington Senior Center and will be held at the Burlington Senior Center Located at 1011 Greenleaf Avenue in Burlington. All Proceeds will benefit the Meals on Wheels Program of Skagit County.
The Skagit County Meals on Wheels Program provides nutritious, noontime meals to senior citizens, age 60 and older, who have difficulty leaving their home unassisted and who are unable to prepare their own meals. Meals are delivered by senior volunteers according to a regular schedule.
Skagit County is still one of the few programs in Washington State that delivers hot, nutritious meals to seniors in the community. Meals are prepared each delivery day using fresh ingredients at their central kitchen location and are then distributed at lunchtime by a network of wonderful volunteers. Many seniors in our community look forward to the daily one-on-one contact that these volunteers provide. 88-year old Ron Nelson was stuck in bed in Burlington after slipping and falling on Ice last year in East Wenatchee. He stated “Meals on Wheels is a life saver. I couldn’t get out of bed because of my broken hip and they make sure I have a warm lunch every day. Even the days they don’t deliver, they pre-plan so I have lunch the next day. The meals are very good and the delivery folks are always pleasant and helpful. I am so thankful for this service.” Each meal includes an entrée; rice, potato or noodles; vegetable; bread and an 8 oz. serving of 1% milk. The hot meals also include a dessert. Fruit is included in several of the meals. Each meal meets one-third of the recommended daily allowances for nutrients.
Home Delivered Meals are provided on a donation basis only and no one is denied a meal if unable to donate. Currently, their suggested donation amount is $4.00 per meal. Individuals who are 60 years of age or older that do not meet this criteria are welcome to enjoy the same meal at any local senior center or meal site.
Visit the Meals on Wheels Website by clicking here for more information on the entire program.
If you can’t make it to the fundraiser but want to make a donation to help local seniors in Skagit County receive a warm meal, you are encouraged to send a check or money order to the meals on wheels program at the following address: Skagit Council on Aging. PO BOX 693. Mount Vernon, WA 98273.
Meals on Wheels is funded through various sources, including, client donations, the Federal Older Americans Act, the US Department of Agriculture, SCSA, Skagit County and Cities, United Way of Skagit County, fundraising events and donations from various organizations. We provide services and employment on a non-discriminatory basis and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.