Pottstown Restaurant Efforts Help Meals On Wheels

Presenting the restaurant's check are, in front from left, Liz Bieber, co-owner, Shorty’s Sunflower Café; Amber Travitzky, Jenn Armstrong, Chelsey Rife, and Shushma Patel of Meals on Wheels; and in back, Shorty's co-owner George Bieber, Bob Grose, Nathan Stouch, and Trevor Euston.

POTTSTOWN PA – Just as local grocery shoppers start to think about Thanksgiving dinner, the owners and employees of Shorty’s Sunflower Café – a gourmet restaurant at 1494 N. Charlotte St. in Lower Pottsgrove(PA) Township – were thinking about feeding older community residents who may be unable to observe the holiday with their families.

Staff members of Shorty’s last Thursday (Oct. 27, 2011) presented what has become an annual tradition for them: a check to benefit the Meals On Wheels program of Sanatoga-based Family Services of Montgomery County. The restaurant’s week-long fund-raiser, held in June for the service that delivers meals to shut-ins, this year collected $6,722.

“Our staff and customers always enjoy our annual Meals on Wheels fund-raiser,” said Liz Bieber, co-owner of Shorty’s. “By participating in this event, we have a chance to be more involved in our neighborhood, help those most in need, and do what we do best: feed the community.”

Staff members sold raffle tickets to customers for the chance to win a variety of prizes, including gift baskets, art work, and gift certificates from local businesses. In addition, the café offered advertising “space for sale” in the form of t-shirts the staff wore inside the restaurant during the event.

Each weekday, Meals on Wheels provides two meals, a hot lunch and a cold supper to refrigerate, to about 175 home-bound elderly and disabled individuals in Pottstown, Royersford and the Lower Perkiomen Valley. Community volunteers personally deliver over 81,000 meals a year.