August 3, 2017
NORTON, Kan. – The Norton County Hospital would like to inform the public that meal deliveries can continue to homebound citizens of Norton, as the Andbe Home has agreed to start preparing and delivering meals effective Aug. 1, 2017. The Norton County Hospital recently decided to end its Meals on Wheels program due to financial losses associated with the program. The hospital’s end date was July 31, 2017.
The Andbe Home will be taking over the program and working out details to make it work for its facility. The Andbe Home will deliver meals seven days a week and will tailor to specialized diets. For additional information and to apply for meal services with the Andbe Home, participants can call the Andbe Home’s dietary director, Kaylana Carr, at 785-877-2601. The Andbe Home has already taken over preparing meals for the Norton County Jail.
In addition, former Meals on Wheels participants can also check into receiving meals through the local Senior Center. The Senior Center will provide meals five days a week. For additional information about the Senior Center meals, participants can contact Homestead Nutrition at 800-432-7422.
The Norton County Hospital has contacted all participants to let them know about alternatives to receive meals. The hospital has also contacted former meal delivery volunteers to let them know about the program ending at the hospital. The Andbe Home will begin with its staff making meal deliveries for the time being; however, volunteers may be sought in the future. The Senior Center has expressed interest in having more volunteers assist, and volunteers can reach the Senior Center at 785-877-5352 to sign up. Volunteers are encouraged to call the Andbe Home and Senior Center routinely to check on the status of volunteer need.
During the transition, the Norton County Hospital is also willing to assist participants and volunteers. Those who have general questions can contact Katelin Koch at the Norton County Hospital by calling 785-877-3351.
Note: This is a joint news release from the Norton County Hospital, Andbe Home and Senior Center.