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‘Meals on Wheels’ cancels delivery for Monday Jan. 24

Lifescape lets their older clients know to use their back up meals after they cancelled deliveries today due to the unsafe road conditions. But the organization’s staff and a local restaurant they work with still checked in on the seniors.
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Published: Jan. 24, 2022 at 10:05 AM CST
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Seniors who use “Meals on Wheels” services are being asked to use their emergency meals today.

Lifescape Community Services “Meals on Wheels” program will not offer delivery service for Monday, January 24 due to snowy road conditions. The cancellation effects seniors using the program in Winnebago, Boone, Lee and Ogle Counties.

“You know, someone could be put in danger,” said Lifescape’s marketing director Zach Satterlee. “We want to make sure we mitigate those risks, and when going to take care of people, we aren’t putting other people at risk.”

The program normally prepares food fresh everyday to deliver to senior’s doors in order to make sure the elderly members of the community are fed, but also to visit them and ensure that they are doing okay. On days like today where deliveries cannot be made, the Lifescape staff calls each client.

“I think the connection is such an important part of this service, that’s my favorite part....these are older adults who might only be seeing one person a day and that’s our driver,” said Satterlee.

Lifescape makes the food it delivers at it’s location in Rockford, but the organization also works with restaurants like Nancy’s Diner in Winnebago for caregivers to pick up for the elderly or they can even eat in. The meals are paid for through their program.

“This program is amazing...you wouldn’t believe all the grandmothers and grandfathers I have adopted,” said Nancy’s Diner owner Nancy Mertzenich. “We are like a huge family, and the more people that come and participate in the program, the bigger our family gets.”

Mertzenich asks for anyone that’s coming in to pick up food for a senior to just bring in their Lifescape card. She also says that if any senior wants to sign up for the program, they can even do it the diner. “We want to make sure our seniors are taken care of,” said Mertzenich.

Saterlee emphasized the importance of the daily check-ins and says that Lifescape is most known for their ‘Meals on Wheels’ program, but they also offer many other programs to help seniors in the Winnebago Community.

Services are also canceled at Lifescape Community Services group dining sites. Lifescape staff encourages family and community members to use weather days like today as an opportunity to check on older adults. Some important areas to consider are safety, hydration, warmth and aid in clearing walkways of ice and snow.

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