Volunteer group to deliver Thanksgiving meals to homebound individuals | TheUnion.com

Volunteer group to deliver Thanksgiving meals to homebound individuals

“Thanks to Give,” a local volunteer group, is gearing up for its 16th year delivering meals to seniors and disabled adults who are home alone on Thanksgiving Day.

Each year about 40 volunteers help package and deliver over 150 traditional holiday meals throughout Nevada County.

“This is a community effort from beginning to end,” says Nancy Zeno, coordinator of the program. “SPD Market provides a generous discount for all the food, Foothill Flowers makes it possible for us to send a small bouquet to each household, Country Copy donates most of our copying needs and there are so many people eager to volunteer every year I have to turn some away. It never ceases to amaze me, the cooperative effort, the caring spirit that comes to life for this project.”

Zeno and her husband,Francis, started the program while she was working for Nevada County Adult Services as a social worker. She realized there was a need to be filled when the regular meal delivery program was closed for the holiday. The first year, Thanks To Give delivered about 60 meals, last year they delivered 158. Gold Country Community Center and other local agencies help to provide referrals.

Because this is a once a year, grass roots project, the organization relies entirely on donations. To refer someone for a meal, volunteer to deliver meals or donate money, please contact Zeno at 530-273-1217.

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