Copper Country Senior Meals Awarded $2,500 Grant from Portage Health Auxiliary

Rich Simpson (middle) and Kathleen Harter (right) accept a check from a representative with Portage Health Auxiliary.

Senior Meals has been awarded a grant from the Portage Health Auxiliary to purchase a heated meal transport system. The heated meal containers will allow more seniors to have access to hot, home-delivered meals. They will also allow time for the delivery drivers to spend more time with the seniors, while maintaining food-safety standards.

The Portage Health Auxiliary grant is a true blessing to Copper Country Senior Meals. The containers connect directly to the delivery vehicles to maintain temperature. This will let the routes be expanded while still maintaining food safety standards.

“The meals stay hot and I am able to deliver to more seniors and spend some extra time visiting with them,” said Gregg Stahl, delivery driver for Senior Meals. Using the addition of the heated containers allows the program to look to the future, by finding previously unreached areas. “The heated containers will be such a wonderful tool to allow Senior Meals to fulfill its mission of providing nutritious meals, with social interactions, and a wellness check,”  Director of Operations Richard Simpson said.

Copper Country Senior Meals would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Portage Health Auxiliary for their support and generosity of this grant. The Auxiliary is a volunteer-run organization that operates the Guilded Rose gift shop at UP Health System-Portage. All Profits go back to the community through grants and scholarships awarded by the Auxiliary, like this one given to Copper Country Senior Meals. If you ever find yourself in the hospital please, stop by The Guilded Rose. Extend a helping hand to the wonderful organization and people that make up the Portage Health Auxiliary.