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URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — CRIS Healthy-Aging Center is distributing 100 emergency meal packs and roadside kits to adults in Champaign County who are 60 and older.

The kits will include five non-perishable meals such as chicken salad, applesauce and lasagna. All of the foods meet nutritional requirements and can be eaten without requiring tools such as can-openers.

“The snow’s coming,” CRIS Healthy-Aging Center CEO Amy Brown says. “We all know there’s going to be snow days, there’s going to be times when senior citizens are caught off guard and they don’t have their groceries. Maybe they have to have someone shop with them, get the things they need. So, when a snowstorm comes and the caregiver lives out of town, they might not have access to the food they need.”

The organization is also handing out roadside kits, which will include jumper cables, flashlights and emergency help signs. AutoZone provided the roadside assistance kits.

William Harris was the first person to pick up a kit Thursday morning. He says he was happy when he learned about the distribution.

“I don’t drive much” Harris says. “But when I do, anything can happen in this weather.”

Two members of the Urbana Police Department, including Michelle Carr, helped hand out the kits.

“I think it’s something people don’t really think about as seniors,” Carr says.
“If they’re driving and something happens, I think it’s very important to have something like this.”

The distribution will take place at 1606 Willow View Rd, Suite 1E in Urbana from 9:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. Call 217-355-1543 to reserve a pack ahead of time. After CRIS distributes its 100 emergency kits, the organization plans to take down names for a future round of distributions. The center is already bringing in additional resources from its office in Danville.

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