Winter is a difficult time for our older homebound neighbors and the choice between food and heat can be hard. Help make the decision easy by making sure their shelves are stocked with warming soups and other non-perishable food items. Help end senior hunger by giving soup and crackers to the LOA’s annual “Soup for Seniors” collection in collaboration with AARP. Your contribution will make a huge difference in the lives of your homebound neighbors.
The drive will take place February 4-9 between the hours of9 a.m.and6 p.m. The main collection site is New Covenant Christian Church, 4807 Cove Road., NW,Roanoke. Other collection sites include:
- All Bank ofAmericaRoanokelocations and in Daleville.
- Vinton –201 S. Pollard Street, Vinton
- Downtown –302 S. Jefferson Street, Roanoke
- Starkey Road– 3956 Electric Road, Roanoke
- Brambleton –2820 Brambleton Ave., SW, Roanoke
- Crossroads –5002 Williamson Road, NW, Roanoke
- Daleville –1571 Roanoke Road, Daleville
- The LOA Central Office,706 Campbell Ave., SW, Roanoke
- Vistar Eye Center, 426 West Main Street, Salem
- Salem Terrace at Harrogate, 1851 Harrogate Dr., Salem
- Wells Fargo Bank –Covington
- CliftonForge Fire Department
- CliftonForgeTown Hall
- Scott Hill Retirement Community
- GranberryUnitedMethodistChurch(Collection dates of February 6-8 between10 a.m.and2 p.m.)
This year’s goal is 40,000 cans of soup to be delivered to more than 4,000 local residents. A hot bowl of soup on a cold day can go a long way in making sure no senior goes hungry.
There are many ways you can help us in our endeavors. The easiest way is to donate a can or cans of soup and bring it to one of our many collection sites. All the items collected will be put into reusable cloth bags provided by AARP and distributed into the homes of our elderly neighbors. If you are a part of a civic group, church group or if you want to collect as a service project with your business, we will welcome any and all donations. The more we collect, the more we can serve.
We are also in need of volunteers. Volunteers play a vital role in this project and it cannot be done without their help. Volunteers are needed in varying capacities. They include:
- People at New Covenant Christian Church to check dates and sort the soup as well as work in an assembly line format putting the donated soup and crackers into the bags, getting them ready for assembly.
- People to deliver those bags to the Meals on Wheels sites, Diners Club sites, senior independent living centers, etc. In some cases, we will need volunteers to deliver to the home.
- Volunteers to pick up soup at the drop off locations and bring to our main collection site.
- Volunteers available at the church to assist in unloading the items.
All this cannot be done without the support of a generous community. We feel so fortunate to provide service in such an area and look forward to continuing Soup for Seniors for many years to come. For more information about the project call the LOA at 540-345-0451 or 540-962-0465 in the Alleghany Highlands. If you would like to make a monetary contribution, you may send it to Soup for Seniors, LOA Area Agency on Aging, PO Box 14205, Roanoke, VA 24038. Funds collected will be used to meet the goal of serving 4,000 seniors or used to further end senior hunger by providing Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors.