Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Getting Help outside Allegheny County

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Getting Help outside Allegheny County

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Obtaining a home-delivered meal outside of Allegheny County can seem to be a cumbersome endeavor to the uninitiated.

"There's a variety of sources out there and it might not be as easy as looking in the phone book," acknowledged Beth Harold, director of the Butler County Area Agency on Aging.

But Ms. Harold and her counterparts at Area Agency on Aging offices throughout the Pittsburgh metropolitan region are doing what they can to make the task easier.

An intake and referral employee at Ms. Harold's office can be reached by calling 724-282-3008.

Following an assessment, a determination is made as to whether the person qualifies for the home-delivered meals provided through the county or whether the person should be referred to a Meals on Wheels kitchen.

Because Meals on Wheels sites operate independently from each other and from the county in which they're located, an Area Agency on Aging list of kitchens is ever changing. Ms. Harold said her office does its best to keep the list updated.

It's a similar setup at the Southwestern Pennsylvania Area Agency on Aging, which serves Washington, Fayette and Greene counties, director Leslie Grenfell said.

Residents of those counties who want to find out what service is available can call 1-800-734-9603.

"We partner with a variety of providers and, depending on the specific geographic area, there can be some parts of the more rural areas that are difficult to serve but we do our best, even if it means getting a frozen meal out," Ms. …

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