GI Sam's Club Donates to Meals on Wheels

By: Megan Johnson Email
By: Megan Johnson Email

Interested in Hall County
Meals on Wheels?

If you're interested in signing up,
or donating goods or money to the program,
contact the Grand Generation Center
in Grand Island at 308-385-5308.

Grand Island Sam's Club employees unloaded bins of food at the Grand Generation Center on Monday.

The stores says Sam's Club members in Grand Island donated over $1,000 worth of products to the local meals on wheels program in just one week of collection.

"We were very surprised because it was short notice," said Sam's Club Membership Coordinator Eddie Goff. "We didn't contact Meals on Wheels until last Friday, and then we started this on Monday. It's been a quick process, but we're thankful to all of our members and associates that contributed. It was a good haul."

Meals on Wheels Supervisor Evelyne Rice says the donation will help the program that helps home-bound seniors maintain independence.

"They want to stay in their homes, and this program helps them to be able to do that by bringing food into their homes and helping them stay healthy with a nutritious meals," said Rice.

The Grand Generation Center says the number of Meals on Wheels deliveries they make this time of year can fluctuate because of the holidays, but when the weather turns bad, a lot more people stay home causing their delivery numbers to go up, and their resources to be depleted faster.

"On a daily basis the average is about 175 meals that go out every day," said Rice. "For the month of October we sent out over 4,000 Meals on Wheels throughout all of Hall County."

She says some of the donated items Sam's Club brought will be used to help get clients through snow days when a hot meal isn't an option.

"There are going to be snow days when we won't be able to deliver meals, and these folks need something to fall back on so they can still have a nutritious meal when we're not able to get their meal to them," Rice said.

Rice says with funding for the program being cut more and more, donations like Sam's Club's keeps extra dollars in their budget.

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