Aging Projects, Inc. is a vital link for Senior’s in South Central Kansas. Adequate nutrition is an integral part of physical/mental functioning, health, happiness, independence, and quality of life for all humans. To assist in this endeavor, Aging Projects, Inc. Meals on Wheels/Friendship Meals provides nutritious, well-balanced meals to senior citizens 60(+) years of age in ten counties in south central Kansas.

API has been providing this service for 39 years. Our Meals are certified by a licensed dietitian and meet 1/3 of the recommended daily intake for individuals 60 (+). These meals are provided in congregate settings or through home delivered services. There is no charge for the meal, however there is a suggested $3.00 contribution.

Additionally, API provides opportunities for participant socialization through other activities available at the sites. Our staff also assists the seniors in locating other services in the community, or within the state that can assist them in remaining independent for as long as possible.

Congregate Meals

Congregate meals (Friendship Meals) are provided in group settings at neighborhood senior centers, community centers, etc. Congregate meals offer an opportunity for people to enjoy a well-balanced, nutritious meal in the company of others. Generally, these meals are provided at noontime. The program not only promotes better health in seniors through improved nutrition, but also reduces the isolation of old age, thereby improving the quality of life in their later years.

Many social and recreational activities are offered along with the meals. The congregate sites allow the opportunity for information and social interaction between the participants. The congregate meals provide a setting that is conducive to the development of good nutritional habits for our participants. Many times the meal consumed at our sites is the only nutritional meal that the participant will receive that day.

Home Delivered Meals

API home delivered meals (Meals on Wheels) are available for individuals who are homebound by reasons of illness, incapacitation, disability, are in isolated communities, do not have anyone to prepare a balanced meal for them, and/or are not able, physically, socially, or emotionally, to attend a congregate meal site. Many times these home delivered meals assist the elderly in our communities to maintain their independence and avoid or delay institutionalization.

Our transporters are vital to these participants because they go into the home everyday to deliver the meal and are able to assess if the participant requires help of any kind. If there is no response to the knock and staff cannot get in the house, contact is made with the emergency contact person to assess what the problem might be. If the contact person is unavailable, the police are contacted. In many instances the transporter is the only person that senior may see that day. It is the seniors chance to visit and socialize with another individual face to face.

Providing Peace of Mind

API provides our meals from fifteen (15) kitchens. These meals are transported to 29 congregate sites and to 16 isolated communities that do not have a congregate meal site. Rural communities in south central Kansas have very limited services available to seniors. Many of these communities have no employer base, which requires individuals to commute to larger communities for work. This lowers the available caregiver pool to help elderly in the rural community. Sons and daughters are not available to pop in and check on their parents, or cook a meal in order to assist them in proper nutritional habits. Aging Projects, Inc. through our meal program fills in this gap, providing peace of mind to both our participants and their families.