The Dodge City Friendship Meals and Meals on Wheels announced yesterday they will be participating in the national 2013 March For Meals campaign March 28.
March For Meals is a national campaign during the month of March, initiated and sponsored by the Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA), to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of local communities. County Administrator Ed Elam and a county commissioner will attend the campaign.
“During these tough economic times, the food and human contact we provide to seniors in this community is needed more than ever,” said Janet Splitter, Executive Director or ElderCare, Inc. / Friendship Meals in a statement from the organization. “We need the community to come out and support our March For Meals campaign.
Dodge City Friendship Meals and Meals on Wheels, located at 2408 Central, are managed by ElderCare, Inc. in Great Bend. The site is one of the 42 locations managed by ElderCare, Inc. which serves as the nutrition provider for Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging. These programs receive federal support through Title III C of the Older Americans Act. In addition to federal and state funding, over half
of the funding for the meals is provided by eligible participant contributions.
Dodge City Meals on Wheels serves individuals who are 60 years or older and are assessed as physically homebound, unable to shop or cook and prepare meals. Meals are prepared in the Dodge City Senior Center kitchen. Volunteers delivered over 10,000 nutritious meals last year to eligible participants. To those who volunteer their time, the work is more than just providing a meal; it is also about assuring the safety and well-being of each resident by the Meals on Wheels volunteers. Nutritious Meals on Wheels keeps seniors healthier and in their homes, thus reducing more costly medical care paid for through Medicare and Medicaid.
The suggested donation is $3 for eligible Dodge City Meals on Wheels participants. To be assessed for a home delivered meal, call Meals on Wheels Manager Amy Winkler at (620) 225- 0417. Individuals who do not qualify as homebound or are not over 60 years of age can attend Friendship Meals at the senior center and pay $5 for a meal.
Dodge City Senior Center meals are served at noon, Monday through Friday. Eligible participants for Friendship Meals are 60 years or older and have completed the registration. The suggested contribution for eligible individuals is $3. The kitchen staff served over 12,000 meals to eligible individuals last year. Call Dodge City Senior Center at 620-338-8863 to register and reserve a meal with the Friendship Meals manager, Isaac Sanchez.