NESPELEM - As part of their effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect area elders, Colville Tribal Emergency Operations Center and Colville Tribal Area Agency on Aging has delivered over 30,000 meals to homes on the reservation since the EOC launched in mid-March.
On March 17, AAOA’s Senior Meal Sites delivered 178 meals. By contrast, today the EOC and AAOA delivered 499. Often, deliveries stretch upward of 520 meals daily.
AAOA’s Larry Robinette noted last year the program prepared 18,200 meals at the Senior Meal sites and delivered 20,300 meals to homes for a combined 38,500 meals last year. This year, according to Robinette, the program is on pace to deliver more than 50,000 meals.
Along with meal deliveries, the EOC and AAoA have worked to complete outside chores, such as chopping wood and lawn care, help getting medicine delivered, assistance with doctors appointments, grocery pick ups, access to cleaning supplies, and personal protective equipment and hauling garbage.
If you are an elder, or if you know any elder, who is not currently receiving services and would like to, contact the tribal EOC at 509-634-7350.