In Lafayette County, approximately 6.5% seniors live in poverty. With the cost of food, medicine, gas and propane continuing to rise, it becomes more and more difficult for those seniors to make ends meet. Regional Services Director for Care Connection for Aging Services, Deb Krieger explains the Miles for Meals campaign.
“Our goal is to raise $2,500 for the Higginsville Center,” said Krieger. “We usually send the letters out at the beginning of May and by the end of May, middle of June we have reached our goal.”
Higginsville residents wishing to donate to the Higginsville Senior Center “Miles for Meals” campaign can do so by cutting off the bottom portion of the letter they received in the mail and return it, along with a check for the amount they wish to donate, in the self addressed envelope that was provided. Anyone who is not a resident or did not receive a letter can send their donation to: Higginsville Senior Center, c/0 Miles for Meals, 101 W. 21st Street, Higginsville, MO 64037. They can be reached by phone by calling 660-584-7040.
Besides the Miles for Meals program, area Senior Centers offer a number of other activities for these residents.
A donation of $35 will help provide several days worth of meals for a senior, but any size donation is appreciated. It will go a long way to ensure that every senior will be healthy, happy and enjoying life.