Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Our Featured Site: The WCCOA Production Kitchen

The WCCOA Production Kitchen opened in January 2007 on E. Gypsy Lane Rd. in Bowling Green. The site is a central location, preparing meals for all seven senior centers as well as for the home-delivered meal clients throughout Wood County.

WCCOA Driver, Nikki Brooks
Prior to 2007, all of the meals were produced at the Wood County (Bowling Green) Senior Center. As our client base grew, the need for a larger production kitchen arose. Through a combination of funds from the State of Ohio and private donations, WCCOA was able to construct a state-of-the-art kitchen.
WCCOA Cook, Joe Hrabovsky

The 5,400 square foot space is specially designed to aid in the food preparation, food storage, packaging, and delivery of meals. The drive-through loading and delivery area allows staff and volunteers to easily pick up and drop off meals and supplies.

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A total of 195,814 meals were prepared in 2015. An average of 850 meals are prepared at the kitchen each day.

WCCOA Director of Food Service,
Angie Bradford
The kitchen is staffed by ten permanent staff, led by Director of Food Service, Angie Bradford, as well as numerous volunteers, students, community residents, and others.


Each day, older adults at each of the seven congregate sites, as well as the home-delivered meals clients, are offered a choice of two entrees. Each meal meets federal guidelines for nutrition and portion size, and is approved by a registered dietician. The suggested donation for a meal is $2 for older adults (age 60 and over).


For more information on our meal program, and our other programs and services, contact us at (419) 353-5661 or (800) 367-4935 or go to our website at www.wccoa.net.

Home-delivered meal prep area

Walk-in freezer
"Hot Shot" trucks with hot and cold compartments

The February Recipe

Stuffed Pepper Soup
Serving Size 1 cup
Servings 5

1#                       Ground Chuck
1 qts                    Hot Water
1-20 oz  can        Tomato Sauce
1-20 oz can         Diced Tomatoes, undrained
3/4 cups              Uncooked Instant Rice
1 cup                   Diced Green Peppers
1/8 cup                Brown Sugar
To taste               Beef Bouillon
To taste               Black Pepper

Cook beef until brown, drain. Stir in remaining ingredients; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 40 minutes or until peppers are tender, rice is soft and temperature is 165 degrees.

WCCOA Partners with PBA

In 2015, the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. became a partner agency for Prevent Blindness America.   Seniors in need of eye exams or eye glasses that would not otherwise be able to afford them can now apply for these services at the Wood County Committee on Agency, Inc., 305 N. Main Street, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.

Prevent Blindness America was started in 1908 with a single vision of preserving sight and preventing blindness.  They are the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight.  Prevent Blindness America touches the lives of millions of people each year through public and professional education, advocacy, and certified vision screening training, community and patient service programs and research.

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In adults, the most common eye diseases are cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration.  Vision disorders and impairment are major public health problems.  It is estimated that by 2030, the number of blind and visually impaired people will double if nothing is done to curb this growth through prevention, early detection and treatment.


To determine if you are eligible for a free eye exam and eyeglasses, contact the Social Service Department at the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. at (419) 353-5661 or (800) 367-4935.  Staff will assist you in completing an application and submitting it to Prevent Blindness America to determine eligibility for services.

AARP Tax Aide

A reminder that the AARP sponsored tax assistance program will be available Wednesday afternoons and Thursday mornings beginning February 3 until April 7 at the Wood County Senior Center, 305 North Main St., Bowling Green, OH. These are AARP trained & certified volunteer counselors.
NOTE: Please bring the following to your
appointment:
· Social security card (s) and photo ID (s)
· All forms showing income
· A copy of your 2014 income tax return
· Expense Records (medical, state and local taxes, real estate taxes, mortgage interest contributions, etc.) are important especially if you itemize. NOTE: especially large medical expenses may help for State taxes even if you do not itemize 
      deductions.
· Affordable Care Act documents
· If any assets were sold we need to know the cost, basis, and date of purchase of the asset.
· Voided Check if you want electronic refunds
Confidentiality is required of all tax counselors and preparers. You are required to arrive 20 minutes early to your appointment in order to fill out the required
paperwork. You must have ALL documents listed
above with you on the day of your appointment.  No
farm income tax or business income tax will be
handled at these appointments. 

For an appointment call the Program Department at

419.353.5661 or 800.367.4935  

Monday, January 4, 2016

WCCOA Partners with LaRiche Subaru to "Share the Love"


Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. Partners with LaRiche Subaru of Findlay to “Share the Love” this Holiday Season

 
Subaru’s “Share the Love” event helps deliver nutritious meals and compassion to Wood County’s seniors

 
Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) proudly partnered with LaRiche Subaru of Findlay this holiday season in an effort to help fight senior isolation and hunger.

 
LaRiche Subaru delivered meals to older adults in southern Wood County on Thursday, December 10 at the North Baltimore Area Senior Center.

 
The event was all part of an effort to raise community awareness and participation to support local seniors in need. This local effort is part of Meals On Wheels America’s participation in Subaru of America, Inc.’s national year-end “Share the Love” event, designed as a way for Subaru retailers to give back to their local communities.

 
“We are very pleased that Subaru and MOWA have joined forces again this holiday season to ensure that no senior goes hungry,” said Angie Bradford, Director of Food Service for WCCOA. 

 
As part of a national partnership with Meals on Wheels America, Subaru will donate $250 to the purchaser’s choice of participating charity – one of which is Meals on Wheels – for every new vehicle sold or leased from November 19, 2015, through January 2, 2016. Since the Share the Love Event began in 2008, Subaru and its participating retailers have donated more than 1.2 million meals, safety checks and friendly visits to seniors being served by local Meals on Wheels programs across the country. For more information, visit www.subaru.com/share.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Our Featured Site: North Baltimore

The North Baltimore Area Senior Center opened in March, 1989, and is located at 514 W. Water St. The site, managed by Sarah Wensink, is open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The site is unique in that it is connected to Westhaven Apartments. This allows senior residents of Westhaven to simply walk into the connected building to utilize and enjoy the senior center meals, programs, and services.

On a cold November afternoon, Judy Kline and Barb Schwickrath put cards together for veterans. The cards, which will be mailed out to veterans in hospitals, are put together with care.

“We just wanted to do something to help out,” said Judy Kline. “We’ll put together about 100 cards.”

In addition to card making, Kline and Schwickrath are regular participants in the mystery supper program.
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The second Tuesday of each month, a mystery restaurant is drawn from a jar of suggestions, and transportation is provided to the restaurant via the senior center.

The Mystery Supper Group at Red Lobster.
This particular Tuesday, Red Lobster was chosen as the mystery restaurant.

A total of nine older adults joined site manager Sarah Wensink at the Findlay Red Lobster.

A question was asked to all participants: What do you like most about the mystery supper program?

Sophie Edwards responded, “I like being able to get out and be with other people.”

Jack and Donna Sterling said, “It is nice to visit with our friends.”

Velma Green elaborated, “It’s nice to get to go out to eat with others. We always have fun! I like going out to eat, but don’t like eating by myself, so it gives us widows and widowers a chance to enjoy a meal with good company.”

Nina Sterling had a simple answer, “I like the food!”

Although all of the participants had different answers, they all had one general theme: getting out and enjoying the comradery of others, trying something new, not having to worry about transportation, and just having fun with friends.

For more information on mystery supper and other programs and services offered by WCCOA and the North Baltimore Area Senior Center, call (419) 257-3306.

WCCOA Annual Campaign

Thank you for supporting older adults in Wood County. Your donation to our annual campaign ensures that we can continue providing our meals, programs, and services for many years to come.

Please send your tax-deductible donation to:

Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc.
Annual Campaign
305 N. Main St.
Bowling Green, Ohio 43402

Please write checks out to: Wood County Committee on Aging

For questions, please contact Colin Andrews, Public Relations and Development Specialist for WCCOA, at candrews@wccoa.net,  (419) 353-5661, or (800) 367-4935.