Meals on Wheels set for Community Champions Week

Local officials are on schedule to volunteer for Meals on Wheels' Community Champions Week. (Dylan Savela/News Advocate)

Local officials are on schedule to volunteer for Meals on Wheels’ Community Champions Week. (Dylan Savela/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — From delivery routes to congregate meal sites, Meals on Wheels reaches nearly 200 Manistee County seniors — most of them home-bound — on a daily basis throughout the week.

This, of course, doesn’t happen without the tireless efforts of local Meals on Wheels workers and volunteers.

This week, that labor pool will grow as the national organization — including Manistee County’s chapter — celebrates Community Champions Week.

Local program coordinator, Connie Ott, said a crew of community officials are scheduled to either join drivers on their routes or assist in the kitchen to help raise awareness of the program.

Scheduled to volunteer in observance of Community Champions Week are Manistee County commissioner Jeff Dontz; City of Manistee fireman Mark Cameron; City of Manistee manager Thad Taylor; and City of Manistee Chief of Police Tim Kozel.

All volunteers will start their day at the local Meals on Wheels headquarters, the Manistee County Senior Center — 457 River St. — for their departure or service.

Meals on Wheels of Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency serves five counties: Manistee, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Missaukee and Wexford.

The program suggests a donation from participants to help keep Meals on Wheels thriving but does not require a fee for the meal.

For more information on the local Meals on Wheels, contact Ott at the Manistee County Senior Center at (231) 723-6477.

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Posted by Dylan Savela

Dylan is the county reporter for the News Advocate, he also is in charge of the Small Town Life, religion and senior pages. He can be reached at (231) 398-3111 or dsavela@pioneergroup.com.

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