For Wapello County, Sieda provides seniors with a gift and food bag for the Sieda Silver Bells Program. Every year Sieda Community Action has hundreds of seniors (60+) that automatically qualified for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Due to the seniors living with a fixed livelihood that will not change year to year. That means a single person is making less than $22,330 a year, or for two people, it is $30,170 (175% poverty level). For that reason, these pre-qualified low-income senior households have the chance to sign-up for the Silver Bells Program.
Since COVID-19, Sieda has made many changes to how we distributed items. As a result, this and other distributions have been drive-thru. In December, Sieda handed two bags to seniors at the Sieda Wapello County Resource Center. This year we had an orange bag of food and a bag of gift items for a total of 290 homes with 333 individuals.
First, a brown gift bag to add a little warmth and cheer from Grace Church in Ottumwa. The great people at Grace bought and packaged for men and women mittens, socks, and blankets.
Second, the orange bags from Sieda supplied food for a Christmas meal. Items included were ham, canned vegetables and fruit, broth, gravy, noodles, Jell-O, potatoes, butter, and stuffing. We have several community businesses that donate time and money to the orange food bags.