Kalona will continue to deliver meals to seniors throughout the summer | KCII Radio
The town of Kalona will continue to deliver meals to elderly residents during the summer months.
Once a week, 25-30 residents receive meals prepared by the Goodwin Dining Center in Wellman and delivered by staff in the Town of Kalona. Meals were free until mid-March, but beneficiaries now pay $ 4-7 per meal depending on their financial ability to pay. The program was due to be halted at the end of April, but city administrator Ryan Schlabaugh said that, through donations, the program will continue at its current level of service with plans to increase deliveries three days a week again this fall.
The city also continues to hold occasional pop-up pantries with help from the Hawkeye Area Community Action Corporation (HACAP), including distributing nearly 175 boxes of food to those in need last Friday. Schlabaugh says their role of serving those facing food insecurity has changed with the pandemic: “Before pre-COVID, our role was to write checks. We were a partner with the Goodwin Dining Center to help cover some of their costs, but we really didn’t help with the large scale distribution or promotion that we did by bringing meals to Kalona to distribute. It has been great for our staff, for our community to be able to participate at different levels and to do so in a financially responsible manner through our partnership with HACAP.
Schlabaugh says city staff can make meal deliveries to seniors once a week in under an hour, but in the fall they’ll be looking for more help from civic groups and volunteers.