Nutrition Services serves 38,000-plus meals in 2017

For the Sidney Daily News

SIDNEY — Nutrition Services of Shelby County served over 38,000 hot meals in 2017 to senior citizens in their homes and at our congregate sites.

“2018 is our 22nd year of serving the seniors in Shelby County,” said Darlene Prater, Nutrition Services coordinator.

Her report continues:

The Home Delivered Meal Program brings hot, nutritious lunchtime meals Monday through Friday to homebound seniors. We have three routes for this program and in 2017 we travelled over 42,000 miles to provide meals. This service enables seniors to remain independent and living in their own homes. Other than being just a “hot meal” our drivers are a “friendly face” and many times the only contact with the outside world each day. Along with providing a daily safety check on the client’s well-being, we ensure that families are alerted to problems such as increased confusion or a decline in their loved one’s health. On several occasions our drivers have gone above and beyond to help with an emergency situation.

Consider home-delivered meals if you are looking for a useful gift for a homebound senior, or need us to provide short or long-term meals. These meals are a valuable service when returning home from surgery, therapy or a hospital stay, and will simplify the transition back to independent living. If you are a homebound senior and are finding it hard to provide for nutritional needs, please contact us.

Nutrition Services also has four congregate meals sites for seniors who are mobile and interested in getting out to socialize over a nutritious meal with other seniors. Please consider one of our meals sites.

Our first site is located at the Senior Center of Sidney & Shelby County. These lunches are delivered by 11 a.m. on Monday through Friday (membership to the Senior Center is not required for this lunch site.)

Our second site is located at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Botkins. Lunch is served on Tuesdays at approximately noon.

Our third congregate site, “Maple Leaf Diner” is located at Fair Haven. This site provide a lunch time meal Monday through Friday for visitors over the age of 60 who may be visiting a loved one at Fair Haven and wishes to share a meal with them.

The fourth site is a breakfast voucher program at Clancy’s Restaurant. Vouchers are distributed by Nutrition Services and can be redeemed at Clancy’s during their breakfast hours for a choice of four senior breakfasts.

The home delivered meal program and congregate sites (with the exception of Clancy’s), have meals prepared under the supervision of Executive Chef Rob Schmiesing, CDM, CFPP.

For information about home delivered meals or any of these congregate sites, please call Fair Haven at 937-492-6900 and ask for Nutrition Services.

For the Sidney Daily News