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Community Thrift Shop Issues Challenge Grant To Benefit Meals On Wheels

The Board of the Community Thrift Shop has issued a challenge to the Estes Park community to kick start donations to the 2008 fundraising efforts of the Estes Park Senior Center’s Meals on Wheel program. The Thrift Shop has provided a $1,000 donation to the Meals on Wheels program and according to Paula Conn, Vice President of the Community Thrift Shop Board of Directors, has challenged the community to match that amount with an additional $1000 in donations by June 15, 2008. The Community Thrift Shop, 1000 Big Thompson Ave. remains committed to serving Estes Park agencies and organizations with annual grants for valuable community services.

In anticipation of growth within the program in 2008, the staff and Board of the Estes Park Senior Center set a fundraising goal of $3000 to assist with 2008 operating support for Meals on Wheels. The Estes Park community, organizations and individual donors are invited to participate in the challenge grant to further support the Meals on Wheels program. Donations may be made to the Estes Park Senior Center, c/o Lori Mitchell, Director at 220 4th Street, Estes Park, Colorado 80517. For more information please contact Lori Mitchell at the Estes Park Senior Center, 586-2996 or visit the website,

The Town of Estes Park continues to make operating funds available for the meal programs at the Senior Center in 2008. Estes Park Senior Citizens Center Inc is an active partner in supporting fundraising efforts for the Senior Center and the Estes Park Quota Club recently donated $750 to the program. Additionally, the United Way of Larimer County has assisted with operational support for Senior Center meal program operations since 1998. The Salvation Army continues to assist qualified low-income clients with vouchers for Meals on Wheels, accessed through the Meals on Wheels application process. Meals on Wheels clients pay $4.50 per meal unless they qualify for the Town subsidized sliding scale system in which meal prices are adjusted downward according to income.

Last year, 4056 nutritious Meals on Wheels were provided for citizens in the Estes Valley. A dedicated corps of over 50 volunteer drivers delivers hot meals Monday through Friday at noon to citizens enrolled in the program. Combined routes often include 15 to 20 or more deliveries each day. The meal programs are operated by the Town of Estes Park and are prepared daily at the Senior Center by Catering for All Occasions, who also prepare and serve the daily noon lunches at the Senior Center.

Many of the Meals on Wheels clients are older citizens in need of a hot, balanced meal daily that they would not be able to prepare themselves. Other Meals on Wheels clients are recuperating from illness or surgery and find the extra nutritional support for themselves and their spouse valuable during a shorter period of illness or recuperation. For more information on how to apply for Meals on Wheels services, the brochure and application may be found on the website at or by calling the staff at the Center, 586-2996.

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