Area 7 Agency on Aging and Disabled recently received a $5,000 grant from the Clay County Community Foundation to expand its home delivered meal program to parts of Clay County which are not currently being served. The agency is in the process of working out logistics of the project with current staff and may be hiring additional staff.
It will be delivering one day per week to clients who qualify in areas where there is need within in the county. The home delivery driver will bring five frozen meals along with milk, bread and desserts. Each meal is required by contract to meet one-third of the recommended dietary allowance for a senior citizen. They are also required to meet the dietary reference intakes of calcium, calories, sodium, fat and fiber. The meal will come in a container that can be heated in a microwave or in a regular oven. As required by the Older American's Act, home delivered meals are available to those who are 60 years of age or older and deemed eligible by an Area 7 Case Manager screening using federal guidelines. Under the Older American Act, those who receive the meals are encouraged to make a donation. Area 7's current recommendation is $2 per meal. Those under the age of 60 who are homebound and those over 60 who meet other funding guidelines may also have a screening by a case manager. Those who do not qualify for the home delivery program can go to the dining sites in Clay County.
One site is hosted by the Clay County Senior Center and the other is housed by the Clay City Park in the Orange Building, where there is plenty of socialization and activities. Advance reservations are required.
Those who live in Clay County (or have a family member who may qualified) and are interested in the home delivered meal program are encouraged to call the Aging and Disability Resource Center at 1-800-489-1561 or 812-238-1561 for more information.