Scarlett Ross is the office manager and volunteer coordinator for the Meals on Wheels program at Council on Aging in Leavenworth.
1. Could you tell us about the Meals on Wheels Program and how it benefits our seniors?
The Meals on Wheels program provides a well-balanced nutritious meal to homebound seniors 60 and over throughout Leavenworth county. Noon meals are delivered Monday through Friday.
2. The Council is encouraging members of the community to sponsor a senior and pay for their daily meals. How does this work and how much does it cost to be a sponsor?
Meals on Wheels minimum donation is $1.50 per meal. Some seniors are unable to pay their minimum donation due to being on a fixed income, high medical bills and/or high utilities.
Sponsored donations are applied directly to these Leavenworth County seniors that are unable to pay their minimum donation.
Any donations are appreciated and donations may be sent to the Council on Aging, 1830 S. Broadway, Leavenworth.
3. The Meals on Wheels sponsorship is a perfect holiday gift idea to give to a family member or friend. Are there other things the Council offers to seniors that members of the public could help to support?
Many seniors utilize the Senior Express Transportation program for essential needs i.e. medical, shopping, etc.
Transportation service is a nominal fee service within the county of Leavenworth and out of county for medical needs.
Donations are welcome for the Senior Express program.
4. How many volunteers does it take each week to deliver the meals to seniors and are you always looking for more people to help out? How many seniors receive meals?
Approximately 200 homebound seniors receive Meals on Wheels daily.
Some of these meals are delivered by volunteers.
We have 58 volunteers that deliver Meals on Wheels.
5. What are some of the most important things that you feel that people should know about the Council on Aging and what they do for our local community?
The goal of the Council on Aging is to provide services to seniors to enable them to remain independent and in their own home.
— Rimsie McConiga