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Meals on Wheels expanding into Bridgeville

| Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Residents in Bridgeville now have an option if they have difficulty shopping or cooking on their own.

Meals on Wheels of Peters Township plans to expand its services to the Bridgeville area in an effort to provide more options to area residents.

Program assistant Emily Bloom said the expansion comes from a need in the area, after previous programs had either merged or fizzled out.

“We know there's a need,” Bloom said. “We have heard from various people that they are looking for another option.”

Bloom said this is especially important in light of cost-cutting measures taking place throughout Allegheny County-funded programs.

“This is an area of Allegheny County we have the capacity to serve – to give another option,” she said.

The Peters Meals on Wheels program is not-for-profit and has no ties to any state or government programs. The program has been serving senior citizens not just in Peters, but in Canonsburg and Finleyville for nearly 40 years.

One week of hot meals is $15, and each daily delivery includes soup, a hot entree, vegetables, a starch, salad, dessert and milk. For $3 more per week, residents can also receive a sandwich, juice and cookie.

Bloom stressed that as the area the program services grows, so does its need for volunteers.

“Volunteers are pretty much what run this program,” she said.

Volunteers pick up meals from the kitchen at around 10:30 a.m. and return from their routes before 1 p.m. The program currently serves nearly 160 clients on 10 different routes. Anyone interested in volunteering, or in receiving meals, should call program officials at 724-969-1000.

“We've been very lucky to have very generous donors and community support so we're able to offer very low-priced, high-quality meals,” Bloom said. “Not everyone is so lucky, so we feel compelled to serve communities if they need us.”

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or mguza@tribweb.com.

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