ACCAA Seeks Funding for Vital Blizzard Box Program – GantNews.com

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CLEARFIELD — The Clearfield County Agency on Aging is seeking community support for the vital Blizzard Box program, which helps keep seniors from going hungry during the winter months.

Sponsorship opportunities are available by visiting www.ccaaa.net or by contacting the agency at 814-765-2696.

Every year, across Pennsylvania and other states in the United States, Blizzard boxes are packed and delivered to Meals on Wheels recipients at home.

Usually a combination of non-perishable foods, they are packed and delivered at the start of winter.

Consumers are encouraged to keep meals in a safe place to use as a reserve during stormy winter days when Meals on Wheels staff may not be able to deliver a hot meal.

On these days, consumers are called and reminded to use some of the food in their Blizzard Box. The boxes are replenished as they are used, depending on available stocks.

Every day, approximately 600 Clearfield County seniors are served by CCAAA’s Meals on Wheels & More program.

During the winter, more than 1,000 different people will have been served Meals on Wheels and more. Each year, Blizzard boxes are provided to each of these meal recipients.

Since 2011, each Blizzard Box contains the nutritional equivalent of three complete meals that meet the standards set by the Older Americans Act (1/3 of the recommended nutrient intake for adults over 55).

Typically, they contain things like canned soup, Hormel Complete Meals, crackers, cookies, shelf stable fluid milk, juices, tuna, and peanut butter.

The products are currently being analyzed and we look forward to delivering another round of nutritious, quality Blizzard boxes to all Meals on Wheels consumers and more before our first snowfall.

Food is purchased in bulk to get the best possible price and the cost to sponsor each box of three meals is $10.

Although small variations of the concept may have existed in various parts of the country for years, the official program actually began in Clearfield County in 1983 with the Clearfield Rotary Club and the CCAAA.

This year funds from sponsors such as the Stoltz Family of DuBois Dealerships, Appalachian Wood and Clearfield United Way have been donated to this program.

The agency proudly displays a logo for each of its sponsors on each box and once again thanks them for their continued support of this vital program.

Over the past decade, support has also poured in from family members, individuals, business partners, organizations, church groups and service clubs of all kinds, allowing it to remain entirely a local effort without the use of federal or state funds for the 39th consecutive year.

In 1990, the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging and its then partners, the Clearfield Rotary Club and the owners of Clearfield & DuBois Dairy Queen, received a National Award for Community Excellence from the United States Administration on Aging in naming the program Clearfield Blizzard Box. , “an exceptional public-private partnership”.

It is now being reproduced by regional aging agencies and service groups and organizations across the United States.

Donations can be sent anytime to CCAAA at 600 Cooper Rd., Curwensville, PA 16833 or online at www.ccaaa.net.

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