Meals on Wheels feeds area seniors
KINGMAN - Various Mohave County officials, residents and concerned citizens recently took time out of their busy schedules to help Meals on Wheels drivers from the Kingman Senior Nutrition Center deliver meals to the needy.
Mohave County Treasurer Lee Fabrizio, Assessor Ron Nicholson, Public Defender Dana Hlavac, case worker for Foundation for Senior Living Stephanie Polk, and former business owner and Kingman Elks Lodge Past Exalted Ruler Gary Watson spent the day learning about the needs of the local elderly.
"The purpose of the 'ride-along' was to increase the awareness about the vital service the Kingman Senior Nutrition Center and the other three nutrition centers provide to elderly citizens," said Charles Fike, a Mohave County employee and the site supervisor for the Kingman Senior Nutrition Center's Meals on Wheels program. "I think it was an eye-opening experience for the officials and helpers to be able to see firsthand how the efforts of the center impact the quality of life of seniors who are homebound and receiving meals daily through the nutrition program. The program is administered by the Mohave County Department of Public Health."
The Kingman Senior Nutrition Center, 1776-1/2 Airway Ave., delivers an average of 160 meals daily Mondays through Fridays to seniors throughout the northern portion of Mohave County and also serves an additional 110 meals daily at the facility.
The three other senior nutrition centers are located in Lake Havasu City, Bullhead City and Golden Shores.
The Foundation for Senior Living, a private non-profit organization established in 1974 at the direction of the Roman Catholic Diocese in Phoenix, works hand-in-hand with the senior nutrition centers. They give the centers referrals of clients who qualify for the Meals on Wheels program.
Individuals interested in signing up for Meals-on-Wheels, or those who would like more information about the program or who would like to volunteer should call the Western Arizona Council of Governments at (800) 782-1886.