There is an urgent need for volunteers to help deliver Meals on Wheels. Meals are delivered to home-bound persons beginning at about 11:15 a.m. It takes approximately one hour. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday.

If you can help us one day or even one week, we would be glad to hear from you. Call myself or Patti Thummel at 272-3620.

Senior vouchers

There are still a few Kansas Senior Farmers Market vouchers left. If you meet the income guidelines for USDA commodities, live in Finney County and are age 60 or older, see me for more information.

Facts about Social Security

The following is some information from Judy Franklin, district manager of the Social Security office in Dodge City.

Social Security reaches almost every family in the United States, and at some point touches the lives of nearly all Americans. It not only helps older Americans, but also workers who become disabled and families in which a spouse or parent dies.

Today, about 159 million people work and pay Social Security taxes. More than 53 million people receive monthly Social Security benefits. In 2009 alone, those benefits came to about $675 billion.

In addition to the national impact Social Security has on the U.S. economy, there's no denying the difference it makes in communities all across America. In neighborhoods around the nation, the benefits paid help more than just individual beneficiaries. These people spend their benefit payments at the local grocery store, the local clothing store, department stores and mom-and-pop shops. Benefits are used to pay for goods and services that sustain the local economy, keep local farmers farming, local retailers retailing and local contractors contracting. In some counties, as much as 30 percent of the population receives benefits and those benefits make up as much as 20 percent of the local economy.

Both at the national and local level, Social Security makes a difference. The average payment for a retired individual is $1,169 a month, which represents 40 percent of income for an average retired person. The monthly payment for a disabled person averages $1,065. For the widow or widower of a working family member, the average payment is $1,104. These are real numbers that help many individuals make ends meet.

The payments made to beneficiaries help individuals and families to stay afloat. But the byproduct is that these individuals are using their benefits to help keep the economy going.

Scheduled activities

Thursday: TOPS meet at 8:30 a.m. The art class meets at 10 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m.

Friday: Line dancing starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by STEPS at 10 a.m. A nurse is available from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge begins at 12:45 p.m. The Nutrition Council will meet at 1 p.m.

Saturday: The pool room is open in the afternoon.

Sunday: Duplicate bridge begins at 2 p.m.

Monday: RSVP Board of Directors will meet at noon. Humdinger Band practices at 12:30 p.m. Bridge and double pinochle begin at 12:45 p.m. Transit Committee meets at 2 p.m. at the Transit Center. The Upbeats practice at 3 p.m. Duplicate bridge is at 7 p.m.

Tuesday: Pitch is played at 12:45 p.m. The Pool Committee will meet at 1 p.m. The Finney County Senior Citizens Association will meet at 2 p.m. to discuss the upcoming Bazaar. The Finney County Committee on Aging will meet for their regular monthly meeting at 3:30 p.m. (the public is invited).

July 21: Line dancing starts at 8:30 a.m. STEPS begin at 10 a.m. Pinochle starts at 12:45 p.m. Completely Unraveled meets at 1 p.m. The dance at 7:30 p.m. will feature "The Last Resort." The recommended donation is $4 per person. Bring finger food for the break.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Hamburger, potato salad, baked beans, melon mix.

Friday: Fish, creamy rice, fresh spinach salad, wheat bread, angel food cake with strawberries.

Monday: Parmesan chicken, baked potato, cucumber and green pepper salad, wheat bread, tropical fruit salad.

Tuesday: Roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, California veggies with cheese sauce, wheat roll, apple crisp.

July 21: Smothered steak, potato wedge, tossed salad, cut tomatoes, wheat bread, apricots.