Weather halts Meals on Wheels deliveries

2014-01-07T18:35:00Z 2014-01-08T05:56:13Z Weather halts Meals on Wheels deliveriesChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com
January 07, 2014 6:35 pm  • 

Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana was unable to deliver meals to clients Monday or Tuesday because of the bitter cold and dangerous driving conditions.

Sandra Noe, the organization's executive director, said she hopes delivery will resume Wednesday.

Meals on Wheels delivers more than 1,500 meals daily, the majority of which are taken to elderly residents.

Noe said about 950 of the organization's clients are homebound.

Meals on Wheels began calling its homebound clients Tuesday morning to check on their well-being, Noe said.

In addition to asking clients if they have enough food, the organization asked if they're staying warm or in need of other assistance.

Noe said a few clients indicated they were cold, and Meals on Wheels will follow up with those people.

In anticipation of the weather, Meals on Wheels provided additional meals to clients last week, Noe said.

Those "shelf stable meals" consisted of products that could be left on the shelf in the event there was a power outage, Noe said.

Food pantries were open Tuesday at The Salvation Army's Hammond-Munster and Gary locations, but its East Chicago pantry was closed, Capt. Rebecca Simmons said.

Unless the need for food assistance was desperate, Simmons encouraged residents to avoid leaving their homes Tuesday to obtain food at pantries because of the extreme cold and dangerous driving conditions.

"People just need to stay safe," Simmons said.

If residents visit the open Salvation Army locations, the organization will be happy to help them, she said.

Those who plan to travel to a food pantry should call in advance to ensure the facility is open.

Contact The Salvation Army at (219) 838-0380.

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