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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Q5: Council consideration

  • Scarlett Ross said the Council on Aging's Summer Benefit is a vital fundraiser for the agency's Meals on Wheels program, which provides meals for about 200 homebound seniors in Leavenworth County.
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  • Scarlett Ross said the Council on Aging's Summer Benefit is a vital fundraiser for the agency's Meals on Wheels program, which provides meals for about 200 homebound seniors in Leavenworth County.
    The benefit is scheduled for June 27 at Riverfront Community Center in Leavenworth.
    Ross, the benefit coordinator, has more in this Q5.
    1. Can you tell us about the fundraiser the Council on Aging is hosting to raise money for Meals on Wheels?
    "The Summer Benefit for Meals on Wheels is the Council on Aging’s major fundraiser. This will be the ninth year that the Council has hosted the event.
    "The Council on Aging’s mission is to keep seniors independent for as long as possible and having a hot, noon day meal assists keeping them in their own home. 
    "Any senior who is 60 and older — at any income level — who is unable to cook for themselves due to their health issues and unable to attend the senior dining center are eligible to receive Meals on Wheels. The Summer Benefit is a fundraiser to raise money for seniors that are unable to afford their meal donation."
     
    2. How many people in the community use Meals on Wheels and what are the greatest benefits of the program for seniors who would like to stay in their homes and live independently but need help?
    "There are approximately 200 homebound seniors in Leavenworth County — Easton, Jarbalo, Tonganoxie, Leavenworth, Lansing, Linwood and Basehor. Not only are the homebound seniors receiving a warm meal Monday through Friday, but the delivery person is a friendly contact person that is able to observe that the person is OK."
    3.How will the fundraiser money help make the program better and more widely available?
    "All money raised at the Summer Benefit goes to help the Meals on Wheels seniors in Leavenworth County. Our agency does not want to increase the requested meal donation to seniors as they are on a fixed income and some are struggling to cover their living expenses. Having fundraisers covers the cost for those who are unable to give their donation."
    4. How has this program changed throughout the years and are there any changes being considered?
    "The only changes have been the increased demands for those needing home-delivered meals. This is due to the attempt by seniors to age in place for as long as possible."
    5. In what ways can community members best help to ensure Meals on Wheels remains a strong and successful program?
    "The best way for the community to support the Meals on Wheels program is by attending the Summer Benefit, by donations for the Summer Benefit, and by serving as a Meals on Wheels volunteer."
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