by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Getting ready for the big Lake Oswego Meals Network fundraising campaign are, from left, Lynn Brokaw, Nancy Raske, Ann Adrian and Shelle Winkler.October is the biggest month for the Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels Network, because the organization is holding its annual fundraising drive.

Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels is a great success, delivering 20,000 meals a year. But the need is also great and is getting greater.

“It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year,” said Lynn Brokaw, co-chair of the drive along with Shelle Winkler.

“The fundraising drive is what keeps us going every year,” said Nancy Raske, long-time member of the Meals On Wheels Advisory Board.

The meal fundraisers have set a hefty goal of raising $10,000 to $12,000 this year. Meeting that mark will help meal activists meet the rising demand.

“We’re finding more and more people requiring service,” Raske said. “People undergoing short-term rehabilitation especially need help.”

Receiving proper nutrition and social contact is all important for a senior or disabled citizen, but sometimes other crucial needs are involved.

“One of my clients couldn’t even get to the door,” said Brokaw, who has been delivering meals for four years. “He knocked on a window and I called 911. If I hadn’t been there I don’t know what would have happened.”

“You were a life saver,” Raske told Brokaw. “He had no advocate.”

Once again, New Seasons Market has signed on to help on the fundraiser.

“New Seasons is a great partner,” Raske said. “They know we have a huge need to fill.”

Meals on Meals Network volunteers will be visiting New Seasons on Oct. 11, 13, 18 and 30 to provide information about the fundraiser to customers, who can then make donations to the program while they are in the checkout line.

Donations can also be made online at the organization’s web site at

One hundred percent of all donations go the the Lake Oswego Meals Network program.

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