COTTONWOOD -- APS recently donated $5,000 to the Verde Valley Senior Center for the purchase of divided meal trays that are used in the organization's Meals on Wheels program.
According to Elaine Bremner, Executive Director, Verde Valley Senior Center, the grant approval arrived the day before an announcement was made by the vendor that the price of the divided trays was set to increase.
"I was so excited to receive that grant from APS," said Bremner. "I put in an order right away for 24 cases (19,200 units) of containers. In fact, I emptied out a shed to make room for them. We are set for almost four months."
Bremner explains that the disposable trays have three compartments that are filled with good, hot, nutritious food at the senior center, then sealed immediately with a machine that covers them with a leak-proof, transparent seal.
The trays are great, explains Bremner, because "the seniors can see the food which helps to whet the appetite. The containers are freezable, microwaveable and can be reheated in the oven.
The Verde Valley Senior Center home delivers approximately 225 meals every day, in addition to the many meals they serve in a community dining setting at the senior center.
Currently, 43 Meals on Wheels drivers deliver meals to homebound seniors in Jerome, Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Cornville, Lake Montezuma, Rimrock, McGuireville, Camp Verde, Middle Verde, Verde Lakes and all Verde Village areas on the outskirts of Cottonwood.
Bremner, who has been with the senior center for nearly 15 years, notes that her organization is in need of additional Meals on Wheels drivers, and that the average route takes approximately an hour and a half each day.