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Senior Meals Launches Holiday Cookie Box Fundraiser

Holiday Cookies Graphic

Copper Country Senior Meals is creating and selling Holiday Cookie Boxes this December as a fundraiser. Boxes are being sold from Monday, December 5 through Sunday, December 11 on their website. Delivery or pickup will be available on Monday, December 19. The cookies, which are being prepared by Senior Meals staff, will come in a seasonally decorated box

“Our staff has been coming together and sharing recipes, talking about the joy baking and cookies brings to people, and genuinely getting excited about the holiday season that’s upon us,” Copper Country Seniors Meals Executive Director Kathleen Harter said. “This will be a great opportunity for us to better connect with our community and enjoy some delicious holiday cookies.”

There are two cookie boxes available. The first is the Gourmet Box. It is $40 and includes 18 cookies highlighted by Lemon White Chocolate, Caramel Apple, Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark and more. The second is the Bakers Dozen. For $20 it includes Ginger Snap, Cranberry Chocolate, Snickerdoodle, Pretzel Delights and more.

The boxes will be available on Monday, December 19. They can be picked up at the Senior Meals office at 821 W. Water Street in Hancock between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. that day during Copper Country Senior Meal’s Share the Love event that’s happening in conjunction with Subaru. Supporters who stop by between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. can join the celebration with cake and coffee. For those who live within five miles of the office, delivery is available for no additional cost.

Cookie boxes can be ordered now at coppercountryseniormeals.org, stopping by the Copper Country Senior Meals office or by calling the Senior Meals office at 1 (906) 483-1155. 

Jessica Mills named Assessor at Copper Country Senior Meals

Copper Country Senior Meals (CCSM) has added Jessica Mills to their staff in the role of Assessor. Mills joined the local non-profit’s staff in May.

Jessica Mills - New Hire at Senior Meals

“I wanted to work here because of the amazing work they have done in our community,” Mills said. “We don’t just provide meals. We provide companionship and well-being checks that make it easier for seniors to remain in their homes for a longer time. Providing seniors and their families that comfort is vital and truly amazing.”

Mills has transitioned into the role well in part thanks to the help of outgoing assessor Caitlin Sundblad.  

“The role of assessor interested me because it gives me the opportunity to meet with the community and help provide resources that are needed,” Mills said. “I am able to speak with our seniors and help them find the resources they need in their journey to stay in their homes as long as possible.”

Initial assessments are done over the phone with seniors. Mills then visits their home in an effort to get to know each person CCSM serves on an individual level, to understand what unique needs each person has and to complete required paperwork to fund the program.

“My favorite experience so far has been getting to know the many residents that we provide meals to,” Mills said. “Whether it has been in-person during the assessments that I have been a part of or over the phone. Seeing the joy and happiness that we are able to provide in our community has been phenomenal. It truly is heartwarming knowing that we are not just providing a healthy meal, but also friendship.”

Mills is a Lake Linden-Hubbell High School and Finlandia University alumnus. Copper Country Senior Meals has kitchens in Calumet and Hancock where they cook meals serving about 300 meals per day to residents of Houghton and Keweenaw counties. Learn more about Copper Country Senior Meals assessment services at coppercountryseniormeals.org/assessment.

Project Fresh Coupons Available for Copper Country Seniors

Any senior who is at least 60 years of age or if you are 55 years of age and a member of a Michigan Federally recognized tribe or urban tribe who meets the income requirements is eligible to receive $20 worth of coupons. Income guidelines are $23,828 for one person per household or if there are two people it is $32,227 per year. These coupons may be used at Farmers Markets that accept Project Fresh coupons in Michigan. If you are interested in signing up, please come to one of the sites.

  • Tuesday, June 7, 9 a.m. – Noon at Maple Lane Congregate Site in Lake Linden
  • Wednesday, June 8, 9 a.m. – Noon at Chassell Fire Hall in Chassell  
  • Wednesday, June 8, 2 – 4 p.m. at Laurium Housing Community Room in Laurium 
  • Thursday, June 9, 9 a.m. – Noon at Calumet Park Avenue Apartment Complex Congregate Site in  Calumet
  • Thursday, June 9, 1 – 3 p.m. at Keweenaw Pines Community Room in Mohawk  
  • Friday, June 10, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Lakeview Manor Community Room in Hancock
  • Monday, June 13, 2 – 4 p.m. at Heritage Manor Community Room in Houghton
  • Tuesday, June 14, 2 – 4 p.m. at Arbor Green Community Room in Houghton  
  • Wednesday, June 15, 2-4 p.m. at Douglass House Community Room in Houghton

Coupons are available on a first-come first-served basis. If there are any coupons remaining in stock after site distribution dates shown above, they will be available at the MSU Extension office at 1500 Birch St., Hancock between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. beginning Friday, June 17. Please call MSU Extension Office at (906) 482-5830 in advance to ensure the office is open prior to visiting, as office hours can change without prior notice due to programming and staffing. 

You can learn more about the Project Fresh program on the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services website. If you have general Senior Project Fresh questions, please call Copper Country Senior Meals at (906) 483-1155.