Dine out Tuesday to help support Meals on Wheels

May 18, 2013 8:30 pm  •  By The Daily News

Diners are encouraged to patronize 15 local restaurants Tuesday to support the Meals on Wheels program.

This is the fourth year local eateries are supporting the Lower Columbia CAP program, which has delivered dinners to homebound seniors since 1979. In 2012, CAP volunteers delivered 28,240 meals, and another 17,500 hot meals were served at CAP’s Senior Community Lunch sites.

The restaurants will donate a percent of Tuesday’s revenue to Meals on Wheels.

CAP senior nutrition coordinator Lisa Chavez said in a prepared statement that Meals on Wheels is critical to helping seniors to remain in their own homes. “Most older people want to live in their homes as long as they can. It’s better for them, and it’s better for the community since it usually costs less to maintain a senior in her home than in a 24-hour care facility.”

Chavez has 20 volunteers who deliver the meals, including teams of two or three people from several local businesses who help out one day a week. The businesses are Cascade Title, Heritage Bank, and Beecher Carlson Insurance Agency.

Meals on Wheels is partially funded by the Older Americans Act. The grant doesn’t cover all program costs, and CAP must raise the additional funds from the community.

Tuesday’s participating restaurants

Longview: The Bistro Restaurant & Wine Club, The Brits, Cassava (Formerly Fusion Café), Country Folks Deli, Country Village Nutrition Shoppe & Café, Freddy’s Just for the Halibut, Hop-N-Grape, JT’s Steak & Fish House, Nipp’s, the Pancake House, Scoops & Sweets and Sweetspot Frozen Yogurt

Kelso: Azteca Mexican Restaurant and Grounds for Opportunity

Castle Rock: El Compadre.

People or local businesses wishing to volunteer to deliver meals can call Chavez at CAP at 360-425-3430 ext 259.

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