Letter to the Editor

Good neighbors indeed

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I want to extend a big “THANK YOU” to the Good Neighbor Agency and all of our community members who donated generously to their fundraising effort last fall. The donation that Meals on Wheels receives from our portion of the proceeds helps provide meals to the disabled and senior homebound population of the Iowa Great Lakes Region.

As in the rest of the country, Dickinson County is seeing a large increase in the number of seniors in our community. For millions of Americans, MOW is literally the difference between remaining in their own homes and needing to relocate to a nursing facility. It costs less to provide MOW for an entire year than it costs to spend one day in the hospital or six days in a nursing home, saving us all billions of dollars in unnecessary Medicaid and Medicare expenses.

The daily friendly visit by a Meals on Wheels volunteer is often the only person our clients speak with all day. The safety check that accompanies each meal delivery ensures that, in the case of an emergency or problem, medics will be called, families will be notified and our seniors will not be forgotten.

We feel that this is an extremely important program for our area and again, we greatly appreciate the support from all of you, and especially the Good Neighbor Agency.

Angela Kofoot

Executive Director

Voluntary Action Center