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Meals-On-Wheels of Yakima County

Volunteers UNITE!

Volunteer Appreciation Month - April 2016

We’ll see you next week, they say. These people aren’t clients of ours.


Every day, they thank us for the opportunity to give back, even more than we can thank them for what they give.

They are college students and corporate executives, scout troops and senior citizens, the well-to-do and the working poor. All have given time from their busy workdays, weekends and evenings to help people they will probably never meet.

Here at the Yakima County Meals-On-Wheels program, we couldn’t do what we do without our volunteers. The largest part of their contribution cannot be labeled with a dollar amount. Our volunteers make a difference every day as they serve food, wash dishes, drive to visit seniors while sharing a meal, or even preparing a packaged meal in the warehouse for delivery.

However to bring light on just how much we value each volunteer, here is a brief recap of the financial impact they make. Last year, Meals-On-Wheels had over 10,000 volunteer hours donated. According to the Independent Sector reports, the value of our volunteers time saved the Meals-On-Wheels program over $289,000.

In April, Volunteer Appreciation Month, we gathered together to break bread and recognize the golden heart efforts and contributions to our program. Thank you to each and every person who volunteers for our program.

If you are interested in becoming one of our valued volunteers, please call our office and speak with staff about available opportunities at 509-426-2601.

Serving up support!

New Staff Members

We are pleased to share with you that we have two new staff in our Meals-On-Wheels office. Elizabeth, who goes by Liz, joined us late last year as a community jobs placement and is now our Program Coordinator. Ciara, pronounced sea-are-uh, joined us this spring as our Office Assistant. Welcome to the team!

The Community Support Group

First all, thank you to each and every person who contributed to our big event in June. We did something a little different this year and you showed yourself strong in supporting our efforts. We were able to raise enough funds from the Meals-On-Wheels Benefit Dinner to serve ____ meals to seniors in Yakima County. Congratulations on feeding another person this year!

Food Hero

Each month our home delivery clients receive an issue of Oregon State University's Food Hero magazine. It highlights a nutritional food item and provides a few recipes on how to use that item in your every day cooking. This month is a particular favorite!


Here are a few tips from this months flyer:

Store well, waste less - Keep yogurt in the refrigerator, cover tightly to keep it from drying out, spoiling, or taking on flavors of other foods in the refrigerator. If stored well, yogurt is safe to eat after the "use by" date. Discard your container if mold appears. You can freeze yogurt, but when thawing the texture will change.

Did you know there are 5 different types of yogurt! - Traditional yogurt has a tart taste and a smooth texture. Greek yogurt has been strained to separate out the liquid whey. This makes it thicker and concentrates the protein. Plain yogurt is especially tart due to no added fruits or sugars. Flavored yogurts may contain fruit or other flavorings. Non-dairy yogurt can be made from soy, coconut or almond milk!

Try this Yogurt Fruit Dip recipe:

Makes: 1 Cup

Prep Time: 5 Minutes


1 cup nonfat plain yogurt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon brown sugar


In a bowl, combine yogurt, vanilla, cinnamon and brown sugar. Mix well. Serve with sliced apples or other fruit. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.