August 1, 2022 | Monthly News & Updates
2022 Ford F-150 Car Raffle
Start your engines!

Tickets for our 2022 Ford F-150 car raffle are on sale now and are available individually or in discounted bundles.
We look forward to your continued support in our mission to enable independence and self-sufficiency for seniors, disabled adults, the disadvantaged and families in poverty in Osceola County.

CLICK HERE for tickets & more info
Osceola on the Rise - Popular Annual Financial Report
The Osceola County Clerk of the Circuit Court & County Comptroller is pleased to present the Inaugural
Osceola On The Rise Popular Annual Financial Report.

This easy-to-read guide provides valuable
information about Osceola County including statistics and demographic information, a directory of
parks, recreation facilities, libraries, emergency services, public services, and annual events, and an
overview of the County's financial well-being.

CLICK HERE to read this guide
Never Underestimate the Benefits of a Good Laugh

It feels great and is healthy, too. Humor is beneficial beyond simply the fun of the moment. Seniors Guide writer Terri L. Jones examines the health benefits of a good laugh and offers five suggestions for including laughter in your day. Remember ...

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2022 Florida Council on Aging Conference
Save the Date!

August 22-24, The Florida Council on Aging will be hosting its 2022 Conference on Aging at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando!

CLICK HERE for more information
Meals on Wheels Osceola
We're excited to announce that the OCOA has adopted the Meals on Wheels America national brand.

Our Osceola Meals on Wheels has been rebranded to Meals on Wheels Osceola. We look forward to a future of continued success serving our community!
Are you looking to book space for an event? Well look no further, the Barney E. Veal Event Center still has available openings in its 2022 event calendar. With years of experience in weddings, sweet sixteens, baby showers, birthdays, special events, and corporate events, The BEV has everything you need to make planning an event easy!

We provide our community within the greater Osceola County region, a beautiful banquet and meeting space at an affordable cost. The BEV is a space for you, your family, and colleagues to come together to celebrate life’s special occasions, spend time with those you love, and meet new neighbors.
For questions & availability, please contact:

Leslie Ochoa
Executive Coordinator
(407) 483-1495
In accordance with Federal Law and US Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis or race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all program.) to file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call 800-795-3272 or 202-720-6382 (TTY) USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Think beyond the traditional favorites. Build a healthful barbecue of lean protein foods paired with seasonal fruits and vegetables. Here are a few ideas for your barbecue:

Go Lean
  • Choose options that are lower in saturated fat, such as lean cuts of beef and pork, skinless poultry or fish.
  • Switch things up with ground turkey burgers. Turkey burgers can be as lean as 99% fat-free. Add cilantro, shallots or chili sauce to spice things up. Or, mix in feta cheese, Kalamata olives, oregano and pepper and serve on a pita with fresh tomatoes and cucumbers for a Greek-style burger. Just remember to use a food thermometer to ensure ground turkey reaches a safe internal temperature of 165°F.
  • Grill tofu, tempeh or bean-based burgers as vegetarian and vegan alternatives. 

Roast Veggies
  • Baste vegetables such as red peppers, corn on the cob, eggplant, summer squash, sweet potatoes, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms or onions with olive oil and season with herbs.
  • Place directly on a hot grill (or a piece of tin foil) until they are tender and brown.
  • Surprise guests with grilled marinated Portobello mushrooms. Marinate mushrooms in balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, whole ground mustard and fresh herbs for about 30 minutes. Grill mushrooms for about 5 minutes on each side. Serve with tomato and onion slices, lettuce, and with or without toasted bun.

Try These Easy Salads
  • Make caprese. Slice tomatoes and layer a small, thin piece of mozzarella cheese and fresh basil on each tomato slice, sprinkle with olive oil and lightly salt.
  • Combine fresh fruit with fresh fennel. Thinly slice fennel and let it soak in freshly squeezed lemon juice for 20 minutes. Toss sliced peaches into fennel and add rice vinegar, lemon zest and a slight sprinkling of salt and pepper
  • Whip up a quick avocado salad. Cube avocados and toss with vinaigrette, fresh herbs, capers, sliced green onions and roasted pine nuts.

Grill Up Dessert
  • Cook fruit kabobs, pineapple slices or peach halves on low heat until the fruit is hot and slightly golden for a tasty and nutritious dessert.
  • Grill watermelon for 30 seconds on each side to bring out unique flavors. You also could carve out a watermelon to use as a bowl for fruit salad!
  • Marinate strawberries in balsamic vinegar for 30 minutes, toss in fresh mint and serve a refreshing savory dessert.

Look for ways to add physical activity to your cookout. Set up some outdoor games such as croquet or volleyball. Or, invite everyone to take a short walk before you serve dessert.
August Holidays:

  • National Black Business Month

August Congregate Activity Dates:

  • August 3rd - Flea Market
  • August 10th - Meet the Candidates
  • August 17th - Spa Day
  • August 31st - Beach Party

*Due to COVID-19 all regularly scheduled meetings are being held virtually by Zoom. For more information on meetings contact Janice Casler at

Wednesday, August 31st:
Finance Committee - 3:00 pm
Executive Committee - 3:30 pm
Board of Directors - 4:00 pm
Thank you to all of our donors. We are not able to get a photo of every donor but we thank you all the same.

We are so fortunate to have had so many of you reach out to us asking how you can help and what you can do to ensure our community is well cared for. As an essential business we provide meals and other services to members of the community in need. Your donations are more critical now than ever to ensure they continue to receive these services during this unprecedented time.

Our greatest needs are contributions, both monetary and grocery items, for our community food pantry. We are trying to keep up with the new demand and increasing needs to feed the community. Leveraging your monetary donations allows us to stretch your dollars to serve even more individuals.

CLICK HERE to make a donation today!

Thank You!