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Prep on Wheels, Emergency Preparedness Kits

The Henderson County Department of Public Health and Council on Aging partner on “Prep on Wheels” Emergency Preparedness Kits for High-Risk Homebound Seniors


Terri Arrington, Henderson County Public Health Preparedness Coordinator and Sierra Arant, a Hendersonville High Senior & Health Education Intern drop off more bags at the Council on Aging in preparation for Hurricane Joaquin.

 Hendersonville, NC, October 1, 2015 – The Henderson County Department of Public Health was selected as a Bright Ideas $10,000 grant recipient from the NC Public Health Preparedness Branch. With the funding, the health department partnered with the Council on Aging for Henderson County to provide 175 senior emergency kits for the highest risk homebound clients. For the Prep on Wheels project, a backpack with emergency supplies was assembled and is being distributed by the Meals On Wheels volunteers. Supplies include flashlight, AM/FM radio, fleece blanket, emergency water and food, first aid kit, hand/foot warmers and sanitation items. Seniors are encouraged to add personal items like medications, phone numbers, and important papers.

“We wanted the kits to be senior friendly, by choosing items that they were familiar with and easy to use,” said Terri Arrington, preparedness coordinator. “For example, the radio is battery operated with only a few functions. Newer emergency radios are hand cranked and can be difficult to work for those with limited physical abilities.”

Prep on Wheels, Emergency Preparedness Kit. Flashlight, AM/FM Radio, Whistle w/ Lanyard, Dust Mask, First Aid Kit, Hand Sanitizer, Pill Box am/pm, 12hr Lightstick, Water Pouches (9), Food Bar (2400 cal), Fleece Sleeping Bag, Hand Warmers, Emergency Info Magnet, Preparedness Booklet

Prep on Wheels, Emergency Preparedness Kit. Flashlight, AM/FM Radio, Whistle w/ Lanyard, Dust Mask, First Aid Kit, Hand Sanitizer, Pill Box am/pm, 12hr Lightstick, Water Pouches (9), Food Bar (2400 cal), Fleece Sleeping Bag, Hand Warmers, Emergency Info Magnet, Preparedness Booklet

In anticipation of Hurricane Joaquin and forecasted flooding and power outages, Council on Aging Meals on Wheels volunteers began distributing the kits to high-risk clients on their routes this morning. Shortly after routes began the Council received a call from client Johnny Sams who said “I’m 70 years old and this is more than anyone has ever given me and I really appreciate everything in the bag.”

“During inclement weather we worry a great deal about the safety of our clients. These kits will provide reassurance to many seniors who endure these types of storms all alone.” said Trina Stokes, Executive Director at the Council on Aging. “We rest easier knowing they have a working flashlight, an AM/FM radio to keep them updated on changing conditions, and spare food and water if they were to run out.”

Annette Buckner, Nutrition Director at the Council on Aging said “Distribution will continue through tomorrow and the remainder of the season in preparation for winter storms as well.”

For more information about Prep on Wheels and emergency preparedness, visit and click on Public Health Preparedness.


Press Release: March for Meals 2015

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Council on Aging for Henderson County joins Local Meals on Wheels Organizations Across the Country to Celebrate the 13th Annual March for Meals

Support during March will help to address senior hunger and isolation in Henderson County, NC

Hendersonville, NC, March 02, 2015 – The Council on Aging for Henderson County announced today its participation in the 2015 March for Meals – a nationwide community-by-community celebration of the local Meals on Wheels programs that keep seniors independent in their own homes. The Council on Aging for Henderson County’s March for Meals events will include daily celebrations via social media which highlight dedicated volunteers who are the backbone of their program, a “Subs for Seniors” night, Tuesday, March 9th from 4PM – 8PM, sponsored by Firehouse Subs at 825 Spartanburg Hwy, Hendersonville, and “Community Champions” week that will occur March 16 – 20. In addition, the Council is putting out new “Every Penny Counts” coin banks and are extending their locations. Stay tuned to to learn about their partners. This Friday, local author Patti Digh and her pal Cynder will be covering a Meals on Wheels route to kick off the special routes portion of the campaign.

“We are so excited about our March for Meals celebration this year! We have had such great success with our previous March for Meals campaigns and we feel confident that this year won’t disappoint! Our goal is to make more members of our community aware of the food insecurities our local seniors face on a daily basis. These adults are your neighbors, your fellow church members, and can even be your own family members. Our charge is to stand united with our Henderson County seniors and remind them that they are valued members of our community. There are so many people behind the scenes who make this program run effectively and March is just one small snapshot in time that allows us to bring their efforts to the forefront. We hope you will join us in the fight to end senior hunger in Henderson County, one meal, one dollar, or one volunteer hour at a time” said Executive Director, Trina Stokes.

March for Meals is a national campaign held annually during the month of March, initiated and sponsored by the Meals on Wheels Association of America to raise awareness of the struggles faced by our aging neighbors and to encourage action on the part of local communities. Hundreds of Senior Nutrition Programs across the United States, like the Council on Aging for Henderson County, promote March for Meals through public events, partnerships with local businesses, volunteer recruitment and fundraising initiatives.

“Our Meals on Wheels programs are on the front lines every day making sure that no senior is forgotten,” said Meals On Wheels Association of America President and CEO Ellie Hollander. “March for Meals is a time when communities can come together to stand with their local Meals on Wheels programs and ensure all seniors live nourished lives with independence and dignity.”

For more information on March for Meals, visit

About The Council on Aging for Henderson County’s Meals on Wheels Program

The COA of Henderson County’s Meals on Wheels program serves over 4,000 meals per month to over 200 recipients per day. The program is overseen by Nutrition Director Annette Buckner who collaborates with a Registered Dietician to ensure meals served meet the 1/3 daily recommend food allowance for seniors. In addition, the program utilizes more than 200 volunteers each month who in total contribute an average of 1,400 volunteer hours. At this time, the program is seeing a great need for assistance for adults under age 60 who can no longer prepare their own meals. Please help us spread the word about senior hunger so we can raise the necessary funds to serve more members of our community.

About Meals on Wheels Association of America
The Meals On Wheels Association of America empowers community programs to improve health and quality of life to ensure that no senior goes hungry. More than 5,000 local Meals on Wheels Programs leverage a dedicated army of two million volunteers who day-in and day-out create an efficient and caring way to help America’s seniors stay independent, healthy and able to live in their own homes. For more information, or to locate a local Meals on Wheels program, visit

Cynder giving a high-five!


December 2014 Press Release

Council on Aging of Henderson County, NC Gets Brand Makeover, Launches New Website & Awareness Campaign

Last week the Council on Aging of Henderson County launched a new brand and website, and will be rolling out a new awareness campaign over 2015. Among the goals behind this new look and website are a desire to increase awareness in the community about the services offered by the organization and reduce the number of people on their Meals on Wheels waiting list. Director Trina Stokes says it “is imperative that the seniors of Henderson County have a strong voice in the community and are aware of all the services and activities available that promote healthy, active, and safe lifestyles for people as they age.”

Due to budget cuts and the refocus of many funds to youth programs, elderly assistance programs across the country are experiencing more financial strain than usual. Throughout the year, the Council on Aging will host a series of events reaching out to various communities throughout Henderson County encouraging them to get involved by volunteering, donating, or shopping at COA thrift stores.  These events will also highlight the need for people of all ages to start planning for their later years.  The baby boom generation, the largest generation in the history of the United States, is rapidly approaching the “elderly” demographic and the need for services and support will increase dramatically. Director Stokes says “The goal is to make sure the seniors in our community have the resources and support they need.  We hope you enjoy the new logo and find the new information on the website useful.  Be on the lookout for events sponsored by the Council on Aging this upcoming year!”

Behind the Design

The design team at Peppermint Media LLC redesigned the logo and visual branding, with the intent to provide a new image for CoA that is fresh, colorful, and inviting, but also signifies a change in the stages of life. Peppermint has launched a new responsive website that will enable the organization to easily accept contributions and connect with the community via email and social media, with more integrations to follow throughout 2015.

The current CoA logo.

The current CoA logo.

The previous CoA logo.

The previous CoA logo.