This year’s goal is to collect 50,000 cans of soup to be delivered to 3,000 seniors right here in our community.  The project committee has set priority areas and at the top of that list are our homebound Meals on Wheels clients.  For many of the 550 recipients, the hot lunch meal they receive is the only meal they have all day.  The soup collected helps provide a hot meal on a cold day and also reminds them, in the bleakest part of winter, that the community has not forgotten them.  Other recipients include Congregate Meals participants who look to LOA for a hot lunch meal along with socialization; seniors who rely on LOA for transportation to the doctor or grocery store; and seniors who receive LOA’s intense case management services as well as homemaker and personal care services.  Our goal also includes providing the filled soup bags to the over 1,500 residents of low-income, independent senior housing as well as seniors who receive assistance from area Departments of Social Services, Goodwill Industries and other agencies.  Other eligible seniors can call our Intake Case Manager to be placed on a list to be notified when the bags can be picked up.  If you know someone in need, call 540-345-0451.