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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • United Way helps Meals on Wheels

  • Editor's Note: The United Way of Dodge City began its annual campaign on Sept. 1. The campaign will run until Feb. 14. In light of United Way's efforts to raise funds for charitable organizations in Dodge City, the Daily Globe will be profiling these organizations. This week's organization is Meals on Wheels.
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  • Editor's Note: The United Way of Dodge City began its annual campaign on Sept. 1. The campaign will run until Feb. 14. In light of United Way's efforts to raise funds for charitable organizations in Dodge City, the Daily Globe will be profiling these organizations. This week's organization is Meals on Wheels. Some seniors in the community find themselves unable to leave their homes to do something as simple as buy groceries or go to a restaurant. In light of this problem, Meals on Wheels provides hot meals to local seniors who are confined to their homes. Meals on Wheels has been present in Dodge City since 1973. Currently about 16 volunteer drivers serve approximately 60 residents in the community. Drivers do more than just serve meals, often checking on residents to see how they are doing. “Sometimes we're the only friendly face they see, and you can see most of our drivers talk and ask how they're doing,” Director Amy Winkler said. “Our drivers get as much bringing the meals as the recipients do receiving them,” she added. In order to qualify for Dodge City's Meals on Wheels program, recipients must be over 60, live in Ford County and be home-bound. $3 is recommended for a meal, but if a senior cannot afford that then they may pay whatever they can afford. Proceeds from United Way go toward food as well as office management. Winkler said that part of the importance of Meals on Wheels is that it allows seniors to stay in their homes longer. “If these people didn't get Meals on Wheels, they would be having to be going to a nursing home,” she said. Those in need of meals or who would like to volunteer may contact Amy Winkler at (620) 225 - 0417. The office is open from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Volunteer drivers are always needed.
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