Originally Published: July 28, 2016 5:50 a.m.
Meals on Wheels in Prescott delivers some 200 meals to homebound seniors and others who due to physical or cognitive disabilities are unable to obtain or prepare food on their own.
But Meals on Wheels officials fear they may not be reaching all those who could benefit from the program that operates out of the Adult Center on East Rosser Street.
“We want to make sure we are reaching and serving everyone in the city of Prescott who meet our simple criteria,” said Prescott Meals on Wheels Board President Dave Marston in a news release.
Beyond meal delivery, Meals on Wheels volunteers provide a wellness check for these individuals and offer some daily social interaction for those who may otherwise be alone all day. For many individuals, the ability for someone to get a daily meal enables them to continue to live independently, the release states.
Meals on Wheels in Prescott is also not just for those who may be struggling financially.
While the majority of clients who receive meals at no or low cost through the support of the city of Prescott, the Area Agency on Aging, and generous contributions by individual donors and businesses, the program is available for anyone who needs assistance with preparing and obtaining food, either on a temporary or longer-term basis, the release said. A daily congregate meal is also served at the adult center.
For those who can afford to pay for a meal, the cost is just $6.
The whole goal of this program is to assure that no adult 18 or over who cannot shop for groceries or prepare their own meals goes without proper daily nutrition. Meals on Wheels staff will work with people to meet their particular personal or financial need.
“Prescott is a community with a significant population of older adults and statistical census data points to a need beyond what is currently provided,” Marston said. “Therefore, Prescott Meals on Wheels has launched a campaign to identify those in need who fall within our program guidelines so that we may provide them with meals.”
Meals on Wheels depends on the community – family, friends, neighbors and social service agencies – to spread the word so as to reach anyone who deserves this service but is not now being served, the release said.
For more information, contact Meals on Wheels at 928-445-7630, ext. 603, 602 or 601 or visit the website: www.prescottmealsonwheels.com