ALTON — Senior Services Plus’ Meals on Wheels program was awarded a $10,000 grant Sept. 11 through the Boeing Employees Community Fund.
The funds will assist in covering costs for the Meals on Wheels program, which affects the health and welfare of more than 1,100 seniors in Madison and St. Clair counties.
“The past five years have been difficult for our agency and our Meals on Wheels program due to the recession and high gas and food prices,” said Jonathan Becker, executive director of Senior Services Plus. “During the past few years the suggested donations for the program have continued to drop. The program receives an average of 62 cents, although it asks for $4.”
The Senior Services Plus Meals on Wheels program provides a daily nutritious meal for seniors in 22 townships, many of whom are at risk for malnutrition because of limited income or poor health. Seniors who participate in the program are asked for a suggested donation, although no seniors are refused a meal based on their ability to make a donation.
“Over 60 percent of the seniors who are receiving these meals are living alone or have limited family support,” he said. “Their vulnerability increases the need for maintaining contact through our drivers and our volunteers. The program allows for those individuals to become less isolated and creates a better quality of life.”
Senior Services Plus is located at 2603 N. Rodgers Ave. in Alton. For information or to donate to Meals on Wheels, visit www.seniorservicesplus.org or call (618) 465-3298, ext. 100.