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Local seniors to receive Blizzard Bags

CVAA combats senior hunger in the Champlain Valley

Over 80 volunteers gathered at the Coca Cola plant on Hercules Drive in Colchester on Sunday, Nov. 16 from 8:45-10 a.m. to assemble 920 Blizzard Bags to help seniors make it through the long winter months. Each year CVAA delivers Blizzard Bags to seniors receiving Meals on Wheels.

According to Zoe Hardy, CVAA Nutrition Director “Every Meals on Wheels client CVAA serves receives a Blizzard Bag in November containing four shelf stable meals. These bags are intended to provide shelf stable food for our clients to have for upcoming winter snowstorms or some other emergency they may have and cannot access food. ” CVAA staff and volunteers will deliver Blizzard Bags in Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties.

Many seniors rely on CVAA’s Meals on Wheels to provide hot nutritious meals that can help them maintain their independence and health in their own homes. Last year alone over 206,000 Meals on Wheels were served to seniors in the Champlain Valley. Hundreds of CVAA volunteers each day deliver meals to seniors in every community, no matter how remote.

According to Hardy, she has “known a volunteer to trudge through knee deep snow to bring a meal. Blizzard Bags alleviate some of our worries about the most isolated seniors we serve.” Blizzard Bags contain food that is easy to prepare, is shelf stable, and provides the protein and nutrition seniors need. “We look for high protein such as tuna and soups.” Hardy explains, ”we make sure that each of the meals meets the Older American’s Act food guidelines for protein, fruit, vegetables, whole grain, Vitamin A and Vitamin C.” Blizzard Bags is just one more way that CVAA works to make sure that no senior goes hungry in the Champlain Valley.

CVAA is a non-profit organization that empowers seniors to live well. CVAA works with seniors and caregivers, offering guidance and providing the support and services they need, when they need them. With the help of community partners and volunteers, CVAA serves over 10,000 seniors. Established in 1974, CVAA is known as the resource for seniors in the Champlain Valley (Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties). For more information call 1-800-642-5119 or visit cvaa.org.