Medina County Clerk of Courts Dave Wadsworth, right, and Sue Becks of the Medina Community Recreation Center, present a check for $7,500 to the Office for Older Adults for home-delivered meals at the county commissioners meeting Tuesday. Love INC’s Fred Weber is in the background.
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MEDINA — Medina County Clerk of Courts Dave Wadsworth presented a check for $7,500, proceeds from the 2017 Senior Walk, to the Office for Older Adults at Tuesday’s county commissioners meeting.
The annual Senior Walk was started by people passionate about taking care of Medina County’s growing senior population and providing home-delivered meals.
Director Laura Toth, who attended the meeting, said the older adults office delivered 38,621 meals to seniors last year. Each meal cost $4.49 in 2017, she said, and the cost is expected to rise 3 percent to 5 percent this year.
“The need for home-delivered meals continues to grow,” she said. “It keeps growing every year, the number of meals we provide.
“Thank you for supporting our mission of allowing people to age in place. The money will be put to good use.”
“The funds directly help seniors in need,” Wadsworth said.
Sue Becks, Wadsworth’s sister and head of senior activities at the Medina Community Recreation Center, said supporting the project is essential.
“There’s nothing more important than feeding our seniors in need,” she said. “They are homebound seniors. Not only is it a meal, but it’s a well-check.
“Sometimes it’s the only friendly face they see in a day. Sometimes it’s the only checkup they get to see if they’re OK or if they need medical help. It’s just a very, very important project.”
Wadsworth thanked Love in the Name of Christ Medina County for its work organizing the Senior Walk.
Love INC’s Fred Weber, a member of the Senior Walk board, said Medina County has 16,000 people who live below the poverty line.
“There is a lot of need in this county,” he said. “We’re happy to work with the Senior Walk and provide meals for senior adults.”
The 2018 Senior Walk will be 10 a.m. Aug. 31 on Public Square in Medina.
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