The Monroe City Nutrition Center held a barbecue fundraiser on July 27. The meal served 230 people, raising approximately $3,000. Administrator Diane Hendrix shared, “The proceeds will be used to support the home delivered meal program.”
Those purchasing a meal received a barbecue dinner which included pork steak, scalloped potatoes, baked beans, slaw, orange fluff, salad, assortment of angel food cake and desserts. The meal was cooked by the Ritter Family, Bill Elliott and several other volunteers.
In recent years, the center has seen a decline in attendance causing the center and its volunteers to come up with fundraising events to keep the program available to those in need. The meal program provides more than just nutritious meals to area seniors, but also a friendly face, five days a week for those who may be home-bound.
The center provides services for seniors in town and surrounding rural areas. One service provided is Meals on Wheels. Meals prepared at the center are delivered by volunteers five days a week. Only a small percentage of funding comes from a grant for this program and the rest depends on fundraisers and donations. The volunteers who deliver the meals, drive a total of 365 miles per day helping feed our elderly or disabled population right here in this area.
The program started in 1982 with home delivery services for meals inside city limits only. Then, as the program grew they were able to expand the area for which they served. Now, the center delivers meals to Perry, Palmyra, Philadelphia and all the rural areas in between Monday through Friday.
A total of 60,869 meals were served during the Monroe City Nutrition Center’s Fiscal Year 2018. Volunteers traveled more than 276 miles, five days a week, to the homebound elderly and handicapped persons aged 18-59 in Monroe, Marion, and Ralls County to deliver 29,907 home delivered meals. A total of 30,962 hot congregate meals were served Monday through Friday at the Palmyra and Monroe City sites.