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Councilman Johnson's resolution for "Meals on Wheels" moves on to Metro Council

Wednesday February 28, 2007

For Immediate Release                                                         
Media Contacts:
Tony Hyatt
574-4137 / 526-3622   

Stephen Haag           
574-1204 / 645-1752

The Metro Council’s Health and Human Services Committee gave approval on Wednesday to a resolution that asks for a thorough review of KIPDA’s “Meals on Wheels” program.

“I am pleased we can send a message to KIPDA on how valuable we think this program has been for our seniors,” says Councilman Dan Johnson (D) 21.

Johnson is the primary sponsor of the resolution that calls on KIPDA to stop any effort to end the delivery of hot meals to the elderly. It also asks the agency to review the need to expand through public and private funding. Finally, the resolution asks KIPDA to seek public comment before any major changes are made.

Council members Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9, Kelly Downard (R) 16 and Mary C. Woolridge (D) 3 are co-sponsors of the resolution.

“It is my hope the full Council will support this effort,” says Johnson.

KIPDA recently discarded a proposed plan for the “Meals on Wheels” program that would have changed the daily delivery system to a once a week delivery. The change would have called for delivering five frozen meals at once. The Agency says it has abandoned the idea for now.

“I understand concerns over costs, but Meals on Wheels has become too important a program for seniors,” says Johnson. “This review may cause more donations and volunteers to come forward to help out.”

The resolution will go before the Metro Council at its March 8th meeting.

Sponsors:
Dan Johnson (D) 21
Mary C. Woolridge (D) 3
Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9    
Kelly Downard (R) 16