Cooking supplies go to Meadowview residents

Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick
Madison County OSU Extension surprised residents at Meadowview Village Apartments in Mount Sterling with basic cooking supplies. On hand for the presentation were: (front row, from left) residents Alma Lewis, Rhonda Rohrer, Cheri Melvin, Ray Presley, and Johnida Joy White, and Meadowview property manager Brandi Hinkle; (back row) Meadowview service coordinator Kimberly DeVore, resident Carrie Carter, Mount Sterling American Legion Post Commander Wesley Pierce and his son John, Healthy Aging grant committee chairperson Susan Thompson, Pierce’s stepson Nick Dummitt, SNAP-Ed program assistant Deetra Huntington, and Mount Sterling Mayor Andy Drake.

(Posted April 1, 2024)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Residents at Meadowview Village Apartments, a senior apartment complex in Mount Sterling, recently were treated to a pleasant and practical surprise.

On March 25, Madison County’s OSU Extension SNAP-Ed program delivered crockpots, blenders, microwaves, toasters, air fryers, bakeware, mixing spoons, and other cooking supplies to the residents.

Deetra Huntington, SNAP-ED program assistant, conducts educational programming at Meadowview, providing residents with information about healthy food and physical activity choices.

“I discovered that some of the residents didn’t have basic cooking supplies,” Huntington said.

Mount Sterling American Legion Post 417 came to the rescue, donating $1,500 for the purchase of supplies.

“We’re right up the road (from Meadowview). This is our community. We were glad to step in and help out,” said Wesley Pierce, Legion commander.

Donations like these are much appreciated as the complex’s residents are on fixed or low incomes, said Kimberly DeVore, Meadowview service coordinator.

“We are so grateful to the Mount Sterling American Legion Post for providing the funds and OSU Extension for making this possible,” DeVore said.

Brandi Hinkle, property manager, added, “A lot of the residents take turns cooking for one another and sharing meals. These supplies will make that easier.”

As a bonus, 32 of Meadowview’s 39 residents (those who are 60 or older) are receiving $200 each for food assistance, thanks to a Healthy Aging grant the county received through the Ohio Department of Aging. Grant funds can be used for food assistance, housing or rental assistance, and internet access, among other services.

To date, the county has disbursed approximately $165,000 of the $168,000 it received through the grant. The breakdown is as follows: $57,114 for food assistance for 156 individuals, $33,000 for housing assistance for 44 individuals, $12,300 for internet access for 70 individuals, and $62,355 for other services for 185 individuals.

According to Susan Thompson, who serves on the county’s Healthy Aging grant committee with Huntington, agencies receiving some of the funding include Meadowview Village, Mount Sterling Community Center, Lifecare Alliance, and CRSI Inc.

“We were able to assist many individuals through this grant,” Thompson said.

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