The Johnson County Meals on Wheels program seeks Gardner-area residents who drive and who have a little time each week to help their neighbors in need.
Johnson County Meals on Wheels is a service of the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging, providing nutritious meals delivered by volunteers to county residents who are 60 or older; homebound; unable to drive, shop for groceries, or cook their own meals; or have no one to assist with meal preparation.
The program, funded by the Older Americans Act, depends totally on volunteer drivers. Because of an increase in the need for meals in Gardner, an additional volunteer route is being formed there.
Without the noon meal, many homebound seniors would lose their ability to remain at home and would become candidates for a nursing facility. The meal gives them the opportunity to remain independently in their own homes as long as possible.
Meals are delivered10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Monday through Friday, but individual volunteers typically choose one day each week to deliver. Some deliver more often. Others make themselves available as substitutes.
Meals may be delivered by individuals, families, civic groups, faith-based community teams, and employee teams. Children are welcome to accompany a parent on the route.
To volunteer or for more information, contact Elvina Kroemer at (913) 715-8895.