More than 56,000 meals are served each year by the Meals on Wheels program in Leavenworth County.

And the agency that coordinates the effort is once again hosting a fundraiser that helps support a program considered “vital” to homebound senior residents of the community.

“This program is vital to many homebound seniors as this may be their only contact with people during the day,” said Scarlet Ross of the Leavenworth County Council on Aging.

The agency will host its 13th annual spring benefit April 20 at the Riverfront Community Center.

Tickets are on sale to the event that will feature magician Scott Henderson, a catered dinner and music.

The meal will consist of a choice of turkey, beef, green beans, salad and dessert.

Tickets are $20 per person and $10 for children 10-under.

Ross said 100 percent of the proceeds from the event goes to the local Meals on Wheels program.

Tickets are available at the Council on Aging, 1830 S. Broadway St., or Candle Queen Candles, 500 Shawnee St.

The Meals on Wheels program provides a nutritious noon meal five days each week to homebound seniors.

Ross said that approximately 25 percent of the seniors in the program are unable to pay a minimum donation of $2 per meal.

She said the agency will never deny a senior a lunch.

“Therefore, we have fundraisers to cover the cost of those that cannot afford the meal price,” Ross said in a press release.

For more information about the spring benefit or the Meals on Wheels program, call Ross at 913-684-0777.

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