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Letter: Senior Nutrition Program seeking drivers

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Rhonda Lorang, Assistant Director, Lutheran Social Services, Worthington

In Worthington, the Senior Nutrition Program sends out about 45 home-delivered meals to seniors that may not get a hot, delicious meal. These meals help keep our seniors healthy and able to remain in their own home. We have three routes with about 12 to 15 seniors on each route. We are very grateful for the volunteers that we have delivering meals. However, there remains an urgent need for additional drivers to deliver meals within the city of Worthington.

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We are looking for drivers for one route. When staff has to deliver meals, it adds to the cost of this community service.

This important service depends on community support: you never know when your own family, friends or neighbor may need a home-delivered meal. Consider this: a year’s worth of senior meals costs less than a one-day hospital stay.

Drivers can choose between delivering one day a week, 1-2 weeks in a year or whatever works with their schedule. All deliveries are within city limits and only Monday-Friday. Youths are welcome to volunteer during their summer and winter breaks.

Drivers can pick up the meals between 11 and 11:15 a.m. at the Center for Active Living, 211 11th St., Worthington, where staff and volunteers package the meals and where the senior dining location is.

I am hopeful that home-school families, civic organizations, churches, associations and/or businesses will as a group help out a week at a time. A team of two is ideal for delivering; one person drives and the other navigates and takes the meals to the home. Individuals are also welcome.

Anyone interested can contact me at 360-8803 or the Center for Active Living (CAL) at 376-6457. Anyone 60 or older interested in reserving a meal can call the same number.

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