By Kathy Chouteau
Meals on Wheels serving the West Contra Costa region is seeking community support to purchase a food storage shed. The nonprofit’s appeal comes as it readies to provide seniors with meals during Public Safety Power Shutoff outages during the 2021 wildfire season.
With West Contra Costa County being a high fire threat area, the storage shed will be used to store shelf-stable food that does not need cooking or heating.
“A food shed would enable Meals on Wheels to have meals ready to mobilize to senior clients who are homebound, ensuring they would receive a meal during a power shutoff event,” said Meals on Wheels on its donation page.
Organization representatives said that contributions will help seniors ease the stress of not having electrical power and give them the peace of mind of eating a meal during shutoffs. As of this writing, the nonprofit has raised $965 of its $2,000 goal.
Meals on Wheels delivers meals to seniors age 60 and older who are homebound and unable to purchase or prepare meals themselves. Its service area is Crockett, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Hercules, Kensington, North Richmond, Pinole, Point Richmond, Port Costa, Richmond, Rodeo and San Pablo.