Meals on Wheels in the U.S. began in 1954 as an effort by a caring group in Philadelphia to serve their aging neighbors who'd grown unable to shop for and prepare their own food. This concept of neighbors serving neighbors is the hallmark of what has grown into a national network and foundational social service supporting communities across America.

Meals on Wheels delivers a nutritious meal, a safety check and a smile that serves as a lifeline to those of limited mobility. This goes well beyond fighting the battle against hunger that threatens one in six American seniors it provides the support and peace of mind that lets them to stay in their homes.

That means they remain happier, extend their independence, and can stay connected to the communities and surroundings that comfort them. The powerful side effect is that seniors can avoid expensive nursing facilities and hospitals which saves taxpayers billions in Medicaid dollars alone.

A day in the hospital costs as much as a year of home-delivered meals. Every dollar invested in Meals on Wheels saves up to $50 in Medicaid spending.

You can designate all or part of your refund to the state Meals on Wheels on your Kansas Income Tax form. This is wonderful, but doesn't benefit us in Finney County.

Be a hero, adopt a Meals on Wheels customer. Meals on Wheels are $3 per day, a bargain anywhere. For just $65 per month you can feed a Meals on Wheels customer. Help with a week, a month or more. You choose. Your donation goes directly toward the cost of meals, no administration dollars are subtracted.

For information, call Patti at 272-3620 or 260-6282. Thanks for being a hero.

Thanks for help

Many thanks to the volunteers from the Southern Baptist Church and Duane Riley who delivered Meals on Wheels last week. Want to help with Meals on Wheels? Substitute drivers are always needed. Call Patti at 272-3620 or 260-6282.

Scheduled activities

The TOPS Club will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday, followed by art class at 10 a.m. Gentle exercises start at 11 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. Skip-Bo begins at 1 p.m. Domino tournament begins at 1 p.m. Strength Training for Seniors is at 5:15 p.m. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. A St. Catherine Hospital nurse will be here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge is at 12:45 p.m. The Finney County Senior Citizens Association covered dish dinner is at 6 p.m.

Saturday, the pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Daylight saving time begins Sunday. Be sure to spring forward. Duplicate bridge is at 2 p.m.

Monday has double pinochle at 12:30 p.m. Strength Training for Seniors is at 5:15 p.m. Duplicate bridge is at 7 p.m.

Tuesday begins with walking at 8:30 a.m. Gentle exercises begin at 11 a.m. Pitch is at 12:30 p.m. and bridge at 1:15 p.m.

March 12 has line dancing at 8:30 a.m. TOPS 1116 meets at 10 a.m. Library outreach is at 11:30 a.m. Pinochle starts at 12:40 p.m. The regular Wednesday night dance begins at 7::30 p.m. to music of Craig Stevens. The recommended donation is $5.

Lunch menu

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Swiss steak with tomatoes, baked potato, mixed vegetables, roll, tropical fruit salad.

Friday: Baked fish, creamed peas, carrots, roll, bananas with strawberries.

Monday: Beef tips over noodles, stewed tomatoes, roll, plums.

Tuesday: Pork roast, broccoli rice casserole, beets, corn bread, strawberry Bavarian cream.

March 12: Oven-fried chicken, potatoes and gravy, green beans, roll, creamy fruit salad.

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