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 - there is an open route in Gardner for Thursdays!
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 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:
- Civic and other groups
- Faith-based community teams
- Fmployee teams
- Children are welcome to accompany a parent on the route!
If you are interested or want additional information, please call Arah at 913-715-8895.