CLEARFIELD – CBT Bank, a division of Riverview Bank, recently made a $1,000 donation to the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging’s Blizzard Box Program.
Each year in October, the agency prepares and places non-perishable meals in the cupboards of every Meals on Wheels and More recipient.
Every Blizzard Box contains the nutritional equivalent of three full meals, which meet standards set by the Older Americans Act.
The CCAAA anticipates sending more than 1,000, three-meal emergency boxes to Meals on Wheels and More consumers across Clearfield County.
These back-up meals stay on their shelves until such time that weather prevents drivers from making their normal rounds.
It is then that CCAAA staff members call the consumers to remind them that even though they cannot make it to their house today, they have their Blizzard Box waiting for them and they can eat some of the contents to tide them over.
Since 1983, local Rotary Clubs, the Clearfield and DuBois United Way, individuals and businesses have provided monetary support to fund this valuable program. The cost to sponsor a three-meal blizzard box and aid in covering the cost of food and supplies is only $10.
On the outside of each box is a label which states, “These nutritious meals are provided to you by: (donor’s name).” This gives the donor some visibility for their support of the program, and helps the recipient relate to the real people in the community who have made the service possible.
For more information about the Blizzard Boxes or if you would like to donate to the program, please call 814-765-2696.
Programs and services of the agency are funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, the Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging Inc., Mature Resources Foundation, local and consumer contributions and fundraisers such as this.