Mobile Meals puts face on seniors’ hunger

WARREN, Ohion (WKBN) — A Trumbull County organization that helps feed the elderly is starting a new campaign to help raise awareness of senior hunger.

Senior nutrition programs across the United States, like Trumbull Mobile Meals, are promoting “March for Meals” all this month. This week, community leaders are taking part in “Community Champions Week,” during which community leaders are packing up meals and delivering them to the elderly residents of Trumbull County.

It’s a chance for officials to see  first-hand how the program works.

“We have learned that by keeping people nutritionally sound that they will not get as ill, so what we try to do is we try to bring them healthy, nutritionally sound meals to their homes,” said Trumbull Mobile Meals director Sandee Mathews.

The organization depends on volunteers, such as Phyllis Sprankle, who is carrying on her mother’s legacy by volunteering for the organization.

“I get to talk to the people, make sure they are doing OK and have not fallen down or anything, because sometimes we are the only people they see,” Sprankle said.

Those who are part of the program get a hot meal delivered everyday at noon and a sack lunch they can eat at a later time. There is a cost, but it all depends on their income.

The organization serves about 300 elderly residents of Trumbull County.

“It’s very important. I’m handicapped and it certainly is a big help to me,” said Virginia Pipa of Warren.

Jim Keating, Human Resource Director for Trumbull County, was among the officials volunteering their time during the Community Champions Week.

“We have so many people living alone and as they get older, they tend to not be able to get good nutrition,” Keating said.

Anyone interested in signing up for Trumbull Mobile Meals can call 330-394-2538.

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