Wasilla Area Seniors

Wasilla Area Seniors staff and volunteers are currently accepting and selling locally made pies to raise enough money to add 2,600 meals, or one week’s worth of food, to their Meal on Wheels program.

WASILLA — Wasilla Area Seniors staff and volunteers are currently accepting and selling locally made pies to raise enough money to add 2,600 meals, or one week’s worth of food, to their Meal on Wheels program.

WASI Assistant Executive Director Marlene Munsell said they created Pie-it-Forward as a new holiday fundraiser to help them meet the ever demand for meal delivery and pickup services in the senior community.

“It’s not just a pie. It’s about community and helping each other,” Munsell said.

Munsell said they’re currently selling pies from local bakeries and restaurants who donated their goods to support their cause. She said that local establishments like Turkey Red and House of Bread have already signed up, but they’re still seeking support from commercial bakers. She said they’re also still seeking sponsors with multiple donation levels available.

“So far, we’ve seen a lot of good community support. We’re looking forward to seeing how the event ends. But right now, we feel very confident and positive about the community support,” Munsell said.

According to Munsell, WASI serves about 400 meals a day. She said that seniors can have their food delivered or they can pick it up, depending on their situation. She said they’ve seen a huge increase in seniors signing up for Meals on Wheels since the outbreak.

WASI recently opened their dining area back up for seniors. She said people have slowly been trickling back in.

“A lot of people are missing the interaction. They’re missing that community part of what we do,” Munsell said.

Munsell said they’re currently working with social distancing measures in place. She said sit down meals come on a first-come, first-serve basis, with three people maximum at each table. She said that all depends on the comfort level of each table.

“There’s people who come in at 11 and stay until 1 o’clock because they like to visit… People want to be with people. Again, people have the choice,” Munsell said.

Pies are currently available for purchase and can be picked up Nov. 21 for a $25 donation to Meals on Wheels.

“If you cannot be a sponsor, you can buy a pie. If you don’t want the calories, you can buy a virtual pie,” Munsell said.

For more information, call 907-376-3104 or email marlenem@alaskaseniors.com.

Contact Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reporter Jacob Mann at jacob.mann@frontiersman.com

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