Business owner steps up to benefit Meals on Wheels

Rocky Simonetti saw a story on WHSV this week about the difficulties being faced by the Staunton Senior Center getting drivers to volunteer to deliver meals through its Meals on Wheels program due to high gas prices.

And then he did something about it.

“Gas is getting so high – three dollars and five cents a gallon now – it probably costs them twenty-five, thirty dollars a week to deliver that food. If they’re on fixed income, they haven’t got that extra money like that to do that. So I thought that by donating the money for the gas, that would give more people who could go deliver the food for them,” said Simonetti, the owner of Rocky’s Gold and Silver in Weyers Cave, who has donated $12,000 to the Meals on Wheels programs in Staunton/Augusta/Waynesboro and Harrisonburg/Rockingham areas to provide gas money for the delivery people.

The donations – $1,000 a month for the next year – will go to the United Way of Harrisonburg-Rockingham County and be distributed Meals on Wheels programs in the Greater Augusta and Greater Rockingham regions.

Simonetti told WHSV that he hopes his donation will spur others in the local business community to partner with local agencies coordinating Meals on Wheels deliveries.


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