Hunger and isolation across America is a reality and Adams County is no exception. Nearly 10-million people struggle each day with hunger and some 15 million people, according to the Meals on Wheels America website, live in isolation.  With the senior population expected to double by the year 2050, this problem will only escalate. Locally the West Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging operates the Meals on Wheels program where a hot meal is served daily to seniors in need. For some seniors, this delivery also serves as the only contact that some seniors have with anyone on a daily basis so their daily well-being is also evaluated on a 7 day a week basis.  Some 800 meals are served daily in a 6 county area with nearly 300 meals being delivered to people in Quincy.

Volunteers are always needed to deliver the food daily either on a regular or substitute basis. If you are interested, contact Kaylie Naderhoff at 217-592-3653.

Obvious, there is a cost to make these meals and to deliver them as well.  To offset some of the lack of funding needed, Meals on Wheels holds a “Cook’s Night Off” event on the third Thursday of each month throughout the year. This Meals on Wheels fundraiser offers eat-in, carry-out, or drive thru meals for just $7 each.

All meals include either Fried Chicken or Roast Beef, two side dishes, bread and dessert.  The hours for each 3rd Thursday of each month are 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Senior Center at 639 York Street.

It is also convenient in that you can use the drive-thru under the overhang on the north side of the Quincy Senior Center and never get out of your vehicle. So why not make the 3rd Thursday of each month a regular stop to help out Meals on Wheels beginning tonight?

I have made the stop several times and the food is excellent!  What sounds good,  Chicken or Beef?

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