Dine out Tuesday to support Meals on Wheels

The community is invited to “Dine Out for Meals on Wheels” Tuesday, May 22 at 24 restaurants in the local area.

This is the third year local restaurants are supporting the Meals on Wheels program by donating a percentage of revenue from that day’s sales.

“Fundraising is becoming more important than ever,” Lisa Chavez, CAP’s Senior Nutrition Program coordinator, said in a written statement. “Last year at this time, we had 30 seniors on the waiting list. Now we have 75 people on that list.”

Two years ago, CAP launched the first Dine Out day with 14 restaurants, raising about $5,000. In 2011, the effort raised just short of $6,000. Chavez said that $10,000 could feed eight seniors for a year.

Lower Columbia Community Action Program (CAP) has operated the Meals on Wheels Program since 1979. The program is partially funded by the Older Americans Act. The grant is not intended to cover all program costs.

In 2011, CAP volunteers delivered more than 31,840 meals to homebound seniors.

For more information, call Chavez at CAP at 360-425-3430 extension 259. People can also visit www.lowercolumbiacap.org for a list of participating restaurants.

2012 participating restaurants

Longview: The Brits, Country Folks Deli, Country Village Nutrition Shoppe & Café, Dine and Dash, Freddy’s Just for the Halibut, Hart-C’s Restaurant, Hop n’ Grape, JT’s Steak & Fish House, Los Pepe’s, The Masthead, Nipp’s, Pancake House, Porky’s, Reflections (formerly Porcelain Rose Tea Parlour), Scoops & Sweets, Sizzler, Stuffy’s II Restaurant, Sweetspot Frozen Yogurt and Vernie’s Pizza

Kelso: Azteca Mexican Restaurant and El Charrito

Castle Rock: Hattie’s

Woodland: Los Pepe’s and Oak Tree Restaurant.

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