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Donations at local shops will support a program that enhances the quality of life for seniors and the disabled

SUBMITTED PHOTO: MARIA BIGELOW - John Fowlks and Gayle Stickley prepare food for meals at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, where the city's Meals on Wheels program is based. In 2016, Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels delivered 17,014 meals to adults who were either disabled or housebound. In 2017, that number grew to 18,115 meals delivered over a period of 148 days, with an average of 93 meals served per day.

SUBMITTED PHOTO: MARIA BIGELOW - Meals on Wheels volunteer Andy Harris loads his car before delivering emals to clients across Lake Oswego. "A lot of people think there isn't a need for Meals on Wheels in Lake Oswego," says Lynn Brokaw, Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels board member. "As evidenced by the fact our numbers continue to grow, they're wrong."

This year will be the second in a row that the City of Lake Oswego has designated October as "Meals on Wheels Month" — a concerted effort by the community and local businesses to hit a fundraising goal of $50,000 to help continue the service here. Focusing its fundraising efforts on October allows the group to operate worry-free throughout most of the year, Brokaw says, and give priority to preparing, packaging and delivering meals three days a week to the people who need it most.

SUBMITTED PHOTO: MARIA BIGELOW - Nearly 20,000 meals are prepared at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center each year for delivery by Meals on Wheels volunteers. This month, a series of fundraisers will help to support that effort. Dozens of local businesses will join in on the fundraising efforts by donating a portion of their proceeds from a single day or hosting month-long campaigns that ask customers to donate. Lake Oswego businesses and individual contributions helped the group raise nearly $30,000 durng Meals on Wheels Month in 2017, and they're hoping to replicate that success again this year.

The goal is to raise $50,000. Donations can be made at any one of the dozen or so companies participating in Meals on Wheels Months, including New Seasons Mountain Park, Zupan's Market, Palisades Market Place, Babica Hen, Gubancs, Hasson Company Realtors, Nicoletta's Table, Deno's Pizzeria, Jefe Mexican Restaurant, Hop N' Cork, Flying Pie Pizzeria, Chocolates by Bernard and many more.

In addition, the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce and Hasson Company Realtors will host a networking fundraiser at 7:45 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center (505 G Ave.). The public is invited to the event, which will include a raffle and a silent auction featuring wine, treats from Chocolates By Bernard, fitness training from The Academy Of Modern Martial Arts and more.

The City's designation of October as Meals on Wheels month will help improve exposure to both potential donors and new clients, according to Malcolm Mathes, chairman of the board of directors. Mathes notes that Meals on Wheels is grateful to the City for allowing it to use 15 street posts to hoist banners promoting Meals on Wheels month across the community.

"It's incredible to have a city like Lake Oswego step up and support us," Mathes says.

For more information or to donate directly, visit lakeoswegomealsonwheels.org/donate.

Contact Lake Oswego Review reporter Sam Stites at 503-479-2375 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

IF YOU GO

What: Networking fundraiser for Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels

When: 7:45 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 28

Where: Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, 505 G Ave.

Details: Public is invited to the Chamber of Commerce event, which will feature a raffle and silent auction.

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