Meals on Wheels

The Meals on Wheels program trucks in fresh food daily to Hot Springs from Rapid City. Seniors 60 and older are invited to try the new meals at the Hot Springs Senior Center or Brookside Apartments. Shown from left are Meals volunteer Lydia McNare and Site Coordinator Ruby McNare with George Larson, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels of Western South Dakota

HOT SPRINGS - Meals on Wheels of Western South Dakota is kicking off its new and improved meal program in Hot Springs by inviting the public to a turkey dinner on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 11:30 a.m. at either the Hot Springs Senior Citizens Center or Brookside Apartments. The dinner will consist of turkey and the trimmings one would expect in a Thanksgiving meal.

“People of all ages are welcome, but space is limited, so they need to make reservations by November 8,” said George Larson, who is the Executive Director of Meals on Wheels of Western South Dakota in Rapid City. “We also need volunteers to help serve the meals.”

The Senior Center has space for 80 people, and the Brookside will accommodate about 50 people. To make reservations for the turkey dinner call the Senior Center, 745-3511, or Meals on Wheels in Rapid City, 605-394-6002 by November 8.

Recently the Meals on Wheels program started transporting prepared food from Rapid City’s River Ridge Kitchen to the Hot Springs sites in an effort to make an improvement in controlling the quality and expanding the variety of the meals. The food is transported by truck daily. The meals are served at the Senior Center and Brookside and delivered to those who are unable to leave their homes.

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The well-balanced meals contain one third of the daily nutritional requirements, Larson said. A wider variety of food is offered with the new meal program. A warm meal and a frozen meal to cook later is also an option offered through the program.

Anyone age 60 and older who wants more information about the meals program should call the Senior Center, 745-3511. Leave a message if there is no answer, and someone will return the call.

The daily meals are by donation only. “The people give what they feel they can,” Larson said. “Their donation is purely voluntary. No person age 60 or older will be denied a meal.”

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