Meals on Wheels has canceled its home deliveries in the Portland metro area for Friday and Saturday, due to the snow. All senior citizens were called to ensure they had something to eat.
All of our homebound seniors have been called to ensure they are well and have something to eat. Thank you to all… http://t.co/24yaBVrlk9— Meals on Wheels Ppl (@MealsWheelsPpl) February 7, 2014
Last month, every senior who receives home deliveries was provided with a couple of meals for emergencies like snow days. When this week’s storm hit, seniors were called and those who did not have their backup meals were given one. Volunteers have been told not to report to work.
Meals on Wheels serves about 5,000 senior citizens daily in the Portland area. Julie Piper Finley is with Meals on Wheels.
“Our plan is if the weather improves enough, we will go back to delivering the Sunday meals and by Monday for sure.”
Shelters have also stepped up their services. The Union Gospel Mission opened up its dining area for emergency overnight stays.
Stacy Kean is with the Union Gospel Mission. She says they have not had to turn anyone away, and she says they are cooperating with other shelters to provide meals and housing.