Berlin Daily Sun

BERLIN — Senior Center, Berlin Senior Meals and Meals on Wheels, programs of the Tri-County Community Action Program, Inc is holding a road toll fund-raising event near Veteran’s Park in Berlin on Nov. 23, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to highlight Hunger Awareness Month and raise money to cover the gap in funding due to the increasing cost of food and supplies.

Funds raised will benefit Coos County residents. Last year’s event raised $1867.83 and organizers hope to beat that amount at this year’s event. The elderly population in the Berlin, Gorham and Milan areas are your neighbors who need and rely on these services. Your donations during this event will make a crucial difference in their lives.

Loved ones want to live at home, for as long as possible, surrounded by their possessions and memories. Providing a nutritious meal either in a congregate setting, or to their door allows them that opportunity for a little longer. North Country Senior Meals/Senior Center’s Meals on Wheels program helps make this possible for them and many other home-bound elderly residents in the Berlin, Gorham and Milan areas.

Over 104,257 meals were delivered last year to 221 homebound seniors by caring and dedicated individuals. Often times a Meals on Wheels deliverer is the only person home-bound elderly will have contact with. This program is about more than just providing a hot nutritious meal. Those who deliver these meals also check on the elderly clients who live alone to ensure they are OK. This contact is often more important than the meal.

The elderly population is growing and more and more seniors will do what they can to continue living independently in their homes, where they have lived for years. Senior Meals/Senior Center’s Meals on Wheels program will play a major role in helping them to achieve this goal. Senior Meals also served 30,894 nutritious meals with friends for social congregate meals in Berlin, Gorham, Shelburne and Dummer.

“We can’t wait to see you for the road toll, we also would invite people to our Big Apple, New York City Trip in Dec. 2-5, call us or stop by for all the information, “ says Leila Villeneuve, Senior Meals/Senior Center program manager.

“Elderly households are much less likely to receive help through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program than non-elderly households, even when expected benefits are roughly the same. And seniors require greater consideration towards their health and medical needs that can become compromised when there is not enough food to eat. Tri-County CAP’s Senior Meals/Senior Center’s Meals on Wheels Program is dedicated to ensuring that our seniors receive high quality nutrition and personal service. Every dollar raised allows us to continue this important work, and we thank the communities for their support.” said Andrea Brochu, director of energy, elder and outreach services at Tri-County CAP.

North Country Elder Programs is dedicated to enhancing the independence and well-being of the senior population through quality programs with high standards of service. North Country Elder Programs provides Senior Congregate Meals, Meals on Wheels and a Senior Center located in Berlin.

Senior Meals gives mobile older adults an opportunity to interact and enjoy hot, nutritious meals with others. Diners have a chance to meet new people and share interests. In fact, many meet friends for social congregate meals on a regular basis.

Meals on Wheels provides hot, nutritious meals, a daily safety check and friendly interaction to homebound seniors who are unable to shop or cook for themselves, helping them to maintain a healthy lifestyle and remain living independently in their homes for as long as possible.

Tri-County CAP is dedicated to improving the lives and well-being of New Hampshire’s people and communities. They provide opportunities and support for people to learn and grow in self-sufficiency and to get involved in helping their neighbors and improving the conditions in their communities.

Tri-County CAP is a multi-program agency with many projects and service locations. If you are unable to find the information you need about TCCAP or any of its programs on our website, or please call our Central Office in Berlin at (603) 752-7001, or call one of their community contact centers located throughout northern New Hampshire. For more specific information about senior and meals on wheels programs or to volunteer, contact Leila at (603) 752-2545