With everything going up, it’s not just gas and food prices that people need to worry about. In the case of the Detroit Area Agency on Aging, it is also the cost of paper that is increasing.

For the first time in a long time, volunteers are back on the streets, delivering meals to homes with the organization, which serves nine cities.

DiAna Soloman, director of fund development and communications, said it was a long overdue comeback, but bouncing back had an interesting list of challenges, including the pandemic and inflation.

“Trying to deal with the initial outbreak of the virus in 2020, then 2021 with food and gas prices going up, then paper,” she said.

Fortunately, a longer roster of volunteers was able to help absorb the rising cost of food and gas to ensure the elderly continued to eat. But the box in which the meals are delivered increases by 30% to 40%.

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“We use a vendor that we’ve had a relationship with for some time, who alerted us and reminded us that the cost of paper had increased significantly,” Soloman said.

Still, even with all of that, Soloman said she’s not at all worried that her organization will continue to carry out its mission.

“We definitely pivoted, or maybe the correct word is bob and weave through all the challenges,” she said. Thanks to generous supporters, donors and volunteers, we are here to stay and our team is committed to serving.

And as always, the program is always on the lookout for volunteers to help keep the organization strong through it all. If you are interested in joining, visit his site here.

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