‘Taste of the Mountains’ to raise money for home delivered meals

Wil Petty Staff Writer

October 6, 2013

A local fundraiser which raises money for the Ashe Services for Aging’s Home Delivered Meals Program is entering its sixth year.

“Taste of the Mountains,” brings the home delivered meals program program and local restaurants together to help afford more people the opportunity to be in the program.

“The proceeds (from the event) will go to let another client have a meal every day for lunch,” said Brenda Phillips, head of the home delivered meals program in the county.

Six restaurants are participating during the fundraiser on Oct. 10. They are: Black Jack’s, Boondocks, Hotel Tavern, Mountain Aire Seafood and Steaks, Sweet and Savory bakery and deli and Winner’s Circle.

The fundraiser is an all-day event and restaurants will donate 10 percent of their proceeds to the home delivered meal program.

Phillips said that 67 people are currently receiving home delivered meals in the county. Volunteers provide the meals daily and do so for free, with exception to mileage.

There are 12 food routes which serve the entire county. The program is funded through events such as Taste of the Mountains and other contributions from the community.

“People can refer clients to us if they are home bound, unable to cook or anything of that nature,” Phillips said. “We have people go out to assess (the clients) and then start delivering meals.”

Last year almost 20,000 meals were served in the community through Ashe Services for Aging’s Home Delivered Meal Program. The meals are delivered Monday through Friday, with exception to holidays and severe weather.

Sponsors of the event include: Vannoy Construction, Lifestore Bank, Blue Ridge Electric, McFarland Publishing and Ashe County Habitat for Humanity.

For more information about the event, call Ashe Services for Aging at (336) 246-2461.