Twinsbug Rotary Club: Mobile Meals needs volunteers during the winter

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Twinsburg Rotary Club member Rhoda Soclof

Lorie Travaglino, president and CEO of Akron-based Mobile Meals, introduced the non-profit's 2013 initiative at a recent Twinsburg Rotary Club meeting, a direction that asks for community volunteers -- individuals, groups, or businesses -- to "adopt-a-route" for meal delivery.

Adverse winter conditions and the current economic climate have increased the need for Mobile Meals delivery service to the homebound, said the CEO. If a local organization can commit to a route, for delivery two or more times monthly, explained Travaglino, the route would be scheduled near the business site and coordinated for completion in about an hour.

And the organization can establish its partnership with Mobile Meals as a volunteer group project.

The mission of Mobile Meals is to provide quality meals and nutrition services to people of all ages and economic circumstances who are at nutritional risk, including children, the sick and disabled, the homebound, and the frail elderly. Every weekday, clients receive a healthy, well-balanced meal to prevent malnutrition. In addition, a volunteer driver brings the important ingredients of personal contact, a cheery word and a sense of security. Meal delivery service is available for short-term or ongoing needs.

Mobile Meals also prepares and serves lunch at senior congregate dining centers, including the Twinsburg Senior Center on Ravenna Road.

And the agency provides a grocery shopper's program, "grocery getters," for individuals who find it difficult to shop for themselves.

Travaglino's career path includes corps officer and administrator, The Salvation Army, and director, United Way of Greater Stark County. Her academic credentials include a B.S. in management, Houghton College, Houghton, N.Y., and social work studies at Fordham University, N.Y. A member of the Akron Rotary Club, she resides in North Canton with her children, Giana, 10, and Cole, 8.

For additional information about Rotary activities or membership, contact Philip Weiss at 216-536-1737 or via e-mail at twinsburgrotary@g-mail.com.

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