Seniors have earned a helping hand

April 23, 2014 

As director of the Millstadt Senior Center, I see firsthand the benefit of a hot meal program for senior citizens. Hot, nutritious meals are provided at the center Monday through Friday for those seniors who drive or receive transportation on the township bus. Volunteers, through Meals on Wheels, deliver meals to homebound seniors daily.

A monthly menu is reviewed by a dietitian. All meals include an entree, vegetable or salad, bread, dessert and beverage. We ask a donation of $4.50 for a meal, but no one is turned away for the lack of the ability to pay.

For many seniors the Meals on Wheels program ensures them the ability to live in their own home and maintain an independent lifestyle. The opportunity to have a low-cost meal delivered to their home prevents some from making a choice between buying food or medication.

Many of our seniors have worked and paid taxes for most of their adult live and now rely on Meals on Wheels or transportation to the Senior Center for nutritional and social assistance. Entitlement or a way of saving Medicaid dollars by ensuring seniors have a healthy meal and are living independently?

I encourage seniors in Millstadt Township, Freeburg and Smithton to contact me at 476-3731 for more information on the Meals on Wheels program or stop by the Millstadt Senior Center at 102 S. Jefferson in Millstadt between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. and see what the senior meal program has to offer.

Patty Evansco

Director, Millstadt Senior Center

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