Meals On Wheels partners with Attorney General Patrick Morrisey to fight elder abuse

West Virginia

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey collaborated with one of Berkeley County’s biggest meal delivery programs to tackle an issue that affects much of the senior population. 

Berkeley County’s Meals On Wheels program is a big help to home bound senior citizens. 

“Today, we’re serving 123 meals and we’re having meatballs and rice and carrots will be the hot part of the meal,” said Karen Sassaman.

So much that Attorney General Patrick Morrisey made it a mission to partner up and make aware of the dangers elders can face. 

“And then when we get the complaints, either we can act on things we have authority to act on or refer it to another state based agency,” said Attorney General Morrisey. “This is why this is so important. We have to protect our seniors.” 

According to officials, West Virginia has a large senior population. Morrisey’s office says the pilot program is the direct result of input received from the Eastern Panhandle Senior Protection Advisory Council. 

“It’s going to provide us more of a network because now we’re discussing with a conference call of all the different advisory people. Anytime you get a group of people that are trying to be an advocate for seniors is good,” said Dianne Waldron, Program Manager of Berkeley County’s Meals On Wheels.   

The mostly donation run program plans to serve close to 30,000 senior citizens by the end of the year.

The hotline is open to seniors and their families at (304) 558-1155. 

Staff with Attorney General Morrisey’s office say that he is hoping to expand this pilot program into the entire state of West Virginia sometime in the near future. 

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