POMEROY — This March, hundreds of local Meals on Wheels groups across the country conducted a month-long effort to raise money and awareness.
Through their “March for Meals” campaign, the group asked for support in their mission to deliver nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to seniors regardless of financial concerns.
The Meigs Council on Aging sponsors the Meigs County Meals program and kicked off their campaign with a successful Basket Bingo game night. Others in the community joined in the activities, including Racine Home National Bank’s Stop Hunger at Home campaign, who held their own Basket Bingo in support. Throughout the month, several community stakeholders rode along on the meal routes across Meigs County to see the program firsthand.
The MCCA celebrated the end of their program with both dinner and a cake baking contest and auction. Local bakers of all ages entered their cakes to be judged and then auctioned to benefit Meals on Wheels.
This year, 45 entries were made in seven categories and “celebrity judges” from local businesses assumed the task of choosing the winners. Judges for the evening included Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood, Tammy Cline from TNT stations, local historian Mike Gerlach, Holzer Health Systems representative Cinda Saunders, and Kay Bailey from Baum Lumber.
Also participating in the judging was Kevin Schwarzel from Schwarzel-Ewing Funeral Home; Tina Rees, Peoples Bank; Bill Quickel, Insurance Plus; Mark and Teresa Porter, Mark Porter Auto Sales; Tammy Grueser, Swisher and Lohse Pharmacy; Edna Weber, Farmers Bank; Christie Smith, Home National Bank; and Debbie Sparkman from Ohio Valley Bank.
After sampling the many entries, the judges arrived at their decisions and declared the following cake bakers as winners. In the Chocolate category, first place went to Heather Browning and second to Sarah Eakins; Teresa Burton won first place for Fruit and Vegetable, Peach Mugrage was second; Yellow and White cake first place went to Teresa Burton, Lori Ritchie received second place; First prize for Decorated cake went to Meigs High School After School Program, second place to Amanda Theiss; In the Cup Cakes division, Jennifer Dozci recieved first place and Shannon Miller second; Emma Dozci won first place in Miscellaneous entries and Teresa Burton placed second. Kids 12 and Under also participated in the contest, with first place going to Jamie Cremeans.
Director’s Award and the Reserve Grand Champion Award went to Jamie Cremeans, and the Best of Show Grand Champion was given to Bambi Fisher.
Following the contest, local auctioneer Jim Taylor started the bidding on as each cake was presented for auction. $4,750.00 were raised from attendees.
MCCA sponsors the annual event, and Executive Director Beth Shaver reminded everyone that Meals on Wheels is more than merely a meal. She said it is often the only contact a person may have each day with another individual.
“Having a driver check in daily helps to ensure the individual is safe and secure in their home,” Shaver said. “It has been proven that those receiving meals have improved mental health, less falls, are less lonely and have less worries about being able to stay in their own homes.”
She added the program in Meigs County makes a tremendous difference in the lives of those they serve.
“This is why ‘March for Meals’ is so important. We want to people understand just what we do and the services we can offer to the community. The month long campaign has been a great success and we look forward to continuing that success throughout the year.”
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551.