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Donors needed to help growing demand for Meals on Wheel service in Malheur County

Reva Kirby, owner of Kirley’s Family Dining restaurant in Ontario prepares a meal for the Meals on Wheels program last summer. (The Enterprise/Kezia Setyawhan).

ONTARIO – In a sign of the expanding effect of the Covid epidemic the number of seniors who utilize a local program that provides food nearly doubled in the past year.

Last year at this time the Meals on Wheels program operated by the Malheur Council on Aging and Community served 64 people in the county. Now the program is delivering meals to 124 people with another 30 on a waiting list.

“Primarily it is because of the isolation from Covid,” said Sandy Shelton interim director of Malheur Council on Aging.

Covid cases appeared locally in late March and restrictions to slow the spread of the virus are now hitting . . .