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Who We Are – We are one of over 600 Area Agencies on Aging which were established by a federal law called the Older Americans Act. We are one of thirteen (13) Area Agencies in Illinois.
Our Mission – We promote the well-being of senior adults by assisting them to maintain their independence in the community.
Who We Serve – We serve senior adults, family caregivers of seniors, and grandparents raising grandchildren living in the southernmost thirteen counties of Illinois.
We serve about 2,000 meals delivered on as many as 8 different holidays:
New Years Day,
Day before Fathers' Day,
Meals were delivered in the following counties in Southern Illinois:
“Because the families of so many of our senior adults live elsewhere, the person who delivers our meals on a holiday is often the only visitor our senior adults have that day,” said John M. Smith, Executive Director of the Egyptian Area Agency on Aging. “That makes the delivered holiday meals even more important and beneficial.”
Some of our stories about Holiday Meals-on-Wheels:
Happy Hearts Senior Center
Congregate Meals – nutritious meals are served to older people in a congregate setting, such as Happy Hearts senior center, local high-rise building, or other community setting. Congregate meals are offered for a suggested donation.
Anyone aged 60 or older, their spouse, and disabled dependent who normally accompany the older person can participate in the meals program for a suggested donation. The older person can bring an under aged guest but he or she is required to pay the full cost for the meal.
Also, disabled people who reside in the same public housing where a meal site is located and volunteers at the meal site may participate in the meals program for a suggested donation.
Home Delivered Meals – nutritious meals are delivered to older people who are homebound because of illness, physical or mental impairment or if otherwise isolated.
Home Delivered Meals are offered for a suggested donation. Delivered meals may not be available is some communities. Most home delivered meals are delivered by volunteers.
Meals contain one-third of the current recommended dietary allowance. Menus are approved by a qualified individual and posted in advance.
Other Services – Other services provided by Happy Hearts include outreach, information and assistance, transportation through SMART, health screening, and assistance for family caregivers of older people and grandparents raising grandchildren.