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Help support Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels program by attending the Beer, Brats and Bingo event set for Sept. 22.

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Andy Harris, a longtime volunteer driver and emeritus Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels board member, loads his car trunk with meals. The LOMOW program is starting its annual fundraising efforts this fall.

Fundraising efforts to begin with Beer, Brats and Bingo

Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels is a vital social service that functions throughout Lake Oswego quietly every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Volunteers wake in the wee hours of the morning to help the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center kitchen staff prepare a hot meal from scratch. Then around 11 a.m. the volunteer drivers — like Andy Harris, a longtime driver and emeritus Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels board member — pick up and deliver meals, as well as a friendly visit. For some Lake Oswego residents, our volunteer's visit might be their only human contact that day.

Meals on Wheels is a service for seniors and people with disabilities, which includes recovering from surgery. We deliver, on average, 100 meals a day to local residents. LO Meals on Wheels is not associated with Meals on Wheels People; we have a volunteer board that fundraises to cover the cost to run the program, which is around $143,000 annually. The board puts on four fundraisers a year with the Bingo, Beer and Brats kicking the fundraising efforts.

This event will take place from 5-8 p.m. Sept. 22 at the center. Tickets are $35 and include dinner, three bingo cards, beer or wine and prizes. Buy your tickets online at lakeoswegomealsonwheels.org or at the front desk at the center. The event will be a blast, and all the proceeds go to a great cause to support our local community. And thanks to Helping Hands Home Care for sponsoring the cost of the event's food. Every donation goes a long way in providing meals.

October is LO Meals on Wheels month, and Mt. Park New Seasons Market is again supporting our LO Meals on Wheels program. Look for details closer to the start of the month at the store and in the LOACC column.

The lunch menu this week features Philly cheese steak or chicken on Friday, Sept. 8; fish bowls on Monday, Sept. 11; and ham Cobb salad on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Cost is a suggested donation of $4 for those 60 and over and $5 for everyone else.

The LOACC is located at 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego. A list of activities and support groups can be found on our website, loacc.info, under the Calendar banner. Click on "View the Adult Community Center Calendar" and then the activity for more details. Call 503-635-3758 to register for classes, events, make lunch reservations or schedule a massage.

Maria Bigelow is a program supervisor at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.

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