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Garfield County Gives Grand River Meals On Wheels $40,000 To Meet Growing Demand

Mar 30, 2020



Outside of Grand River Health in Rifle, Curt and Kim Leitzinger, along with other volunteer drivers, take their lunch hour to get meals out to homebound seniors.
Credit Garfield County

The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners voted Friday to fund Grand River Meals on Wheels in the amount of $40,000 to sustain home delivery meal services to homebound clients. 


The vote came as the need for social distancing measures around COVID-19 has driven up participation in the program 20% since early March.


“Most of our clients are in their eighties and nineties. Every request seems like a heart-wrencher,” said Kaaren Peck, director of Grand River Meals on Wheels.  


Based out of Grand River Health, the program provides over 20,000 meals to homebound seniors, disabled and hospice clients from New Castle to Parachute each year.


Meals on Wheels needs new delivery volunteers once the risk of COVID-19 slows. Until then, those interested in helping can contact Grand River Meals on Wheels at 970-625-6215 to be added to a list.