Hardy County Seniors Need Help

The Hardy County Senior Center normally provides a nutritious lunch for residents over the age of 60. The Hardy County Committee on Aging also delivers meals to homebound seniors and homemaker aids go into homes to help with cooking, cleaning and other tasks.

However, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, social distancing and West Virginia Governor Jim Justice’s “stay at home” order, the Senior Center has closed and some homebound seniors are afraid to let their homemaker aides into their homes.

“We’re still delivering to our shut-ins,” said Hardy County Senior Center Director Mary Summers. “And some seniors are coming to pick up meals, but we’re afraid they don’t have extra food.”

The Committee on Aging is asking for the public’s help.

“We could use donations of shelf-stable items – cans of soup, cheese or peanut butter crackers, juice boxes or small bottles of water, Jello, pudding or applesauce cups,” Summers said. “We want to provide these so seniors don’t have to leave their homes to get groceries.”

The Committee on Aging is creating Meals-In-A-Bag to supplement the once-daily meal.

“We’ve had donations of other types of nonperishable food,” Summers said. “Things like Mac and cheese, cereal, beans, peanut butter, rice. We appreciate any food of this type.”

Home-made items cannot be accepted.

Summers said meals are delivered to “all corners of the county,” including Wardensville, Mathias, Baker, Old Fields and Fisher.

Bring nonperishable food to the Hardy County Senior Center, 409 Spring Ave. in Moorefield. Monetary donations are also welcome. Make checks payable to the Hardy County Committee on Aging. The center is not open, but ring the bell and someone will come to the door.

For questions, please call 304-530-2256.