County routes for the Meals on Wheels program appears to be declining and to make sure seniors don’t go without a meal; the Alpena Senior Citizens Center wants to help.
“We have drivers that go out every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. So it’s not out of the way for us, we’re already passing most of these houses. We want to make sure everyone knows about Meals on Wheels. The decrease maybe because they moved away, some people move downstate or with family. There are some people that move to a care facility, and there are some that pass away,” In Home Service Manager, Mike Stauffer said.
One issue appears to be the lack of knowledge about the program. “They can come into the center or they can just call. I can set up an assessment to come out to the house, get all of the paperwork done and verify that they do qualify and we can get meals started within one to two days. It’s not a big turnover; we want to make sure that everyone gets what he or she needs,” Stauffer said. With the winter season ahead, the Meals on Wheels program is another way to check up on seniors to make sure they are in health.
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