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Meals on Wheels keep seniors healthy, happy

Meals on Wheels.

A simple concept – provide seniors and homebound individuals with good nutrition and social interaction and you will help them stay healthy, happy and independent.

Yavapai Senior Nutrition Providers, a consortium of four nutrition programs, serves "meals on wheels" and congregate dining to 14 rural Yavapai County communities to meet the growing needs of this country's senior population.

Volunteers deliver hot, nutritious daily meals to frail, homebound seniors. The volunteer becomes a lifeline for that homebound individual by providing friendship, a cheerful visit, and also by reporting any noticeable problems the client may have.

The congregate dining programs in Yarnell, Mayer, Prescott, Prescott Valley and Black Canyon City serve well-balanced, delicious noontime meals, provide health and nutrition education to seniors, and also provide the opportunity for seniors to participate in social activities with friends – old and new.

Last year, the program served more than 100,000 meals, and with a growing senior population, more people than ever need the services. Volunteers and financial support are critical to Yavapai Senior Nutrition Provider's continued success. Many fun and rewarding opportunities are available, even if people have only one or two hours to spare. Donations in any amount are welcome, and for just $25 a month a donor can participate in the Adopt-A-Senior program. For more information, please call Darlene Wood at 771-2283.

United Way of Yavapai County is near half-way point toward completing its campaign goal of $500,000. If you would like to make a contribution to United Way or learn more about this and other agencies it serves, please call United Way at 778-6605.

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