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Seniors receive "blizzard bags"

MIDDLEBURY - A gloomy economy has had an impact on Vermont seniors and the agencies that serve them. CVAA's Meals on Wheels program has seen the demand for Meals on Wheels increase as the cost of food has risen.

Many seniors rely on CVAA's Meals on Wheels to provide hot nutritious meals that can help maintain their independence and health in their own homes.

During the winter months hazardous driving conditions sometimes prohibit volunteers from delivering meals so CVAA is putting together Blizzard Bags.

Blizzard Bags contain shelf stable meals that seniors can use when the weather prohibits Meals on Wheels from being delivered. Over 100 volunteers of all ages produced over 850 Blizzard Bags each containing five shelf stable meals to be delivered to seniors so they are prepared before the first big storm of the season. Zoe Hardy, CVAA nutrition director, started Blizzard Bags over 14 year ago.

CVAA helps seniors age with independence and dignity by providing information, services, education, support and advocacy to seniors and caregivers. CVAA is a private non-profit United Way organization .

To get a bag, call the Senior Helpline at 1-800-642-5119 or go to www.cvaa.org.

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