With wintery weather descending upon us in central Illinois, a non-profit aimed at keeping seniors fed is seeing a spike in those participating.
Peace Meal is a daily senior meal service with congregate sites and delivery. Thursday Morning on the WHOW Morning Show, Shelly Tolley, Peace Meal Coordinator, says this is the time of year they start to see more seniors opting in to the program as the weather begins to turn and restricts their ability to get out.
Peace Meal serves seniors all over central Illinois. Tolley indicates they have a vast service area and do meal delivery for shut-ins and have congregate sites in several counties.
As the winter doldrums arrive, Tolley says this can be a very challenging time for area seniors. She says many choose to stay in so they don't risk hurting themselves when conditions are not good. But also for those shut-ins, this is a tough time because they may not get as much human interaction as they would normally.
While we often hear about checking on seniors in the heat of the summer, Tolley says sometimes a senior's furnace can go out or not work properly. She says winter can be a tough time for seniors in their homes as well.
To get information on Peace Meal, contact them at 217-345-1800. Tolley encourages family members of a senior who believes their loved one may benefit from their program to contact them as well and they will reach out to them and get them introduced to the program.