Local Office on Aging in need of donations, volunteers

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ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Local Office on Aging for the Roanoke Valley and Alleghany Highlands could use help serving the vulnerable senior population.

The Local Office on Aging provides food, goods and other services to lower-income elderly in the area.

Since the pandemic, staff at the office say they’ve had a significant increase of those in need.

The office gives out a month’s worth of food in the senior food boxes, with help from Feeding Southwest Virginia.

They deliver more than 500 boxes to senior’s door steps but it’s gotten complicated with COVID.

The Assistant Director of Nutrition, Sarah Crandall says the need for food has gone up since COVID hit.

Crandall says the waitlist went from about 20 people to over a 100, so it’s been difficult getting food to those who need it.

They are also in need of volunteers to help with deliveries, for the senior food boxes and the meals on wheels program.

Although the services that provide food and other essentials have kicked into overdrive, the office also has about 28 community based-services they officer to seniors.

The senior food box and meals on wheels deliver also gives volunteers a chance to check on the seniors. That’s something that President and CEO for the LOA, Ron Boyd says is important.

“It’s so important for neighbors and the faith community to check on seniors, make sure they have their essential needs. Check on them and check on them often, as much for them being socially isolated and check a well check for them,” said Boyd.

Anyone who knows a senior in need can contact the Local Office on Aging to try and get them help. The number is (540) 345-0451.

For more details on how to help out you can visit their website here.

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