Blizzard bags for seniors

By Sheila Gray – bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) – Workers at CASS (Cincinnati Area Senior Services) are loading hundreds of Blizzard Bags for their clients on Tuesday.

The bags contain powdered milk, peanut butter and jelly, ravioli, chili, crackers, fruit and other food staples which have a 30 to 60-day shelf life, just in case during this extended cold weather snap, they will not be able to make their meal deliveries.  Shawn Jackson says CASS is giving clients  these Blizzard Bags along with their daily meals, to hold them through a longer period of cold weather.

CASS also sends workers to make sure seniors have their thermostats properly set, that they're not using their ovens to heat their homes, and that they have things like flashlights, should there be a power outage. The agency has a list of senior clients who are most at-risk.

Drivers will leave their location on Victory Parkway Tuesday morning.  By noon, most of the meals will all be delivered.  Their policy says the meals MUST be delivered to a person and handed to them directly.  If workers are not able to get a person to respond to the door, they contact emergency officials.

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