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Gas prices: Cost to deliver senior meals increases by 60%

 

Last updated 3/17/2022 at 6:11am

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Lead Meals on Wheels driver Lance Swehla loads a Meals on Wheels refrigerated van.

Soaring gas prices significantly impacts Meals on Wheels and Transportation Assistance Programs

Homage's Meals on Wheels program and Transportation Assistance Program are taking a hard hit at the gas pump. Since the beginning of COVID, the demand for Meals on Wheels throughout Snohomish County nearly doubled with up to 800 households receiving delivered meals weekly.

And Transportation Assistance Programs, serving the rural areas of Snohomish County, has doubled its ridership as well.

"The folks that depend on Meals on Wheels are some of our most vulnerable neighbors," said Kit Massengale, director of philanthropy. "These are people who are homebound with very little support. COVID has already taken a toll on their sense of safety. Seeing the gas prices increase so significantly creates more fear and wonder if their delivered meals might be disrupted."

With so many seniors living in rural areas of Snohomish County, Homage's TAP program ensures older adults and people with disabilities are able to get safely to and from essential services and medical appointments.

"Homage's transportation program allows seniors and people with disabilities to live independently."

To learn more about Homage, its Meals on Wheels program and Transportation Assistance program, visit https://homage.org.

 

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