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PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELAND Meals on Wheels volunteers Lou Albright and Joyce Stinner prepare meals for distribution to homebound residents of Lehigh County. PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELAND Meals on Wheels volunteers Lou Albright and Joyce Stinner prepare meals for distribution to homebound residents of Lehigh County.
Michele Grasso, development director for Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County, explains how the heated travel bags work to Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th. The bags cost $350 each and have a five-year life span. They are specially designed to maintain a constant temperature whether in a building or in a car. Michele Grasso, development director for Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County, explains how the heated travel bags work to Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th. The bags cost $350 each and have a five-year life span. They are specially designed to maintain a constant temperature whether in a building or in a car.
Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, heads out with a travel bag filled with hot meals. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, heads out with a travel bag filled with hot meals.
Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, visits the home of Eleanore White, Allentown, a recipient of meals from Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County. Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, visits the home of Eleanore White, Allentown, a recipient of meals from Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County.

Dent lends a hand delivering food to homebound

Thursday, November 6, 2014 by LOU WHEELAND Special to The Press in Local News

Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, recently helped deliver meals to homebound residents of Lehigh County.

Dent volunteers his help to Wheels on Meals of Lehigh County whenever Congress is not in session.

According to Michele Grasso, development director for Meals on Wheels, there is an ongoing need for volunteers to deliver meals to those who cannot prepare meals for themselves.

There are now 420 recipients being served, up from 370 a year ago.

Of those, 40 use SNAP benefits to afford the cost of the meals. An additional 150 need government assistance, by way of Medicaid or other programs.

The remaining recipients pay on a sliding scale, depending on their income.

Grasso also said Meals on Wheels is even delivering pet food to prevent recipients from sharing their food with their beloved pets.

The program needs to raise $450,000 every year to deliver meals five days per week.