Meals are crucial to independent living

July 18, 2013 

As director of the Millstadt Township Senior Services Center, I see firsthand on a daily basis the benefit of the Meals on Wheels program in our community.

Hot, nutritious meals are provided at the Senior Center daily for those who drive or receive transportation on the Senior Township bus. Volunteers deliver meals to some people daily and ensure the client has a brief amount of companionship.

Yes, funding is received from the U.S. Administration of Aging and the Illinois Department of Aging. Funds are also received from the recipients of the meals and from donations, contributions and fund-raising activities held in Millstadt Township. No one is turned away for the lack of the ability to pay for a meal.

For many people the meal program ensures them the ability to live in their own home and maintain an independent lifestyle. Many of the seniors have worked and paid taxes for most of their adult life. Entitlement or a way of saving Medicaid dollars by ensuring seniors have a healthy meal and are living an independent lifestyle? I see the Meals on Wheels program as a necessary means of providing not just hot meals, but companionship, social and physical activity and most of all, allowing seniors the choice of maintaining an independent lifestyle.

Patty Evansco

Executive Director

Millstadt Township Senior Services

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