Meal Delivery Program Expands to Include Medical Equipment and Supply Needs; VNF Currently Accepting Medical Supply Donations Only

CENTRALIA, Wash. — Tuesday morning, March 24, following the “stay home” executive order given by Governor Jay Inslee, Visiting Nurses Foundation Executive Director Jenny Collins announced that the foundation would be adding delivery of medical supplies to those in our community, in addition to the current safe meal delivery program, for those who are medically-vulnerable, immunocompromised, or on hospice care.

The Visiting Nurses Medical Equipment Bank has distributed more than 14,000 pieces of medical equipment to the Lewis County community over the past decade. This equipment includes durable medical supplies, like walkers, crutches, shower chairs, and portable commodes, but is not limited to disposable medical items such as incontinence supplies, wound care materials, or other medical care products.

Needed donation items include: Incontinence supplies, medical gloves, cleaning supplies, bottled water, and other associated items.

Additionally, while retail thrift operations have been suspended for more than a week, Visiting Nurses will continue to accept donations of medical equipment and supplies for distribution to the local community as needs arise. Due to this need, we will no longer be accepting general donations at this time — only medical equipment or supply items.

The Medical Equipment Bank at both Visiting Nurses locations remains accessible and available by phone at 360.623.1560. Or, you can stop by the downtown Centralia or Chehalis Visiting Nurses locations and ring the bell at the donation door or dock for assistance. Please respect our staff and volunteers by exercising safe social distancing protocols if you utilize this method of contact.

About Visiting Nurses Foundation: The Visiting Nurses Foundation has been providing home health and hospice care in Lewis County, in partnership with Assured Home Health and Hospice, since the early 1990s. It is the mission of Visiting Nurses to make end-of-life and comfort care accessible to all individuals in our community regardless of ability to pay. To learn more about our organization, please visit or call us at (360) 623-1562.