Community First Solutions held a March for Meals program for community leaders to teach them about the Meals On Wheels Program.

More funds coming to help seniors and their pets

With a grant from The West Chester Community Foundation, Community First Solutions purchased new coolers for 15 drivers who deliver meals to local residents.

But people won’t be the only ones who benefit from gifts; pets will too, according to Community First Solutions.

Meals on Wheels America recently awarded Community First Solutions a $2,500 grant to help its Meals on Wheels We All Love Our Pets program.

“Our pets are very important to us,” says Karen Dages, Director of Social Services at Community First Solutions. “They are especially important to our Meals on Wheels clients. Their animals are often their primary source of love and companionship, so we wanted to take good care of them too.”

The funds will be used to purchase food for more than 100 pets, while a portion will go toward assisting some clients with their pet’s veterinary bills, according to Community First Solutions.

“We prepare almost 135,000 meals for more than 450 clients and their pets each year. Grants, along with donations from the public, are our major sources of funding,” Dages said in a statement. “As the largest provider of meals in Butler County, we want to help as many people as we possibly can. The more funding we can secure, the more people and pets we can help. These grants will certainly help us do that.”

To learn more about Meals on Wheels, visit

In addition to Meals on Wheels, Community First is a provider of mental health and behavioral services in the region; the operator of two senior living communities; and the founder of a not-for-profit pharmacy.

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