Community Partner Spotlight

Community Partner Spotlight: Kenosha Area Family and Aging Services, Inc. (KAFASI) 

 

Kenosha Are Family and Aging Services, Inc. (KAFASI) Volunteers  

September 2019

Agency Name

Kenosha Area Family and Aging Services, Inc. (KAFASI)

Agency Mission

To promote healthy aging, strong families, and a connected community

United Way-funded program

Meals on Wheels

Program Highlights

The Meals on Wheels program provides meals to homebound elderly and disabled individuals throughout Kenosha. These meals all meet a 1/3 RDA Nutritional Requirement.  The goal of the program is to keep this population independent in their own homes and out of hospitals and nursing homes.

Our local Meals on Wheels program is proud to be a part of a Kenosha area work group focused on decreasing hospital admissions and readmissions. Data analysis performed by Metastar demonstrates that Meals on Wheels helps enrolled clients reduce their chances of hospital admission and readmission. Meals on Wheels helps clients by providing proper nutrition and safety checks while reducing isolation.  Community based services are not as costly as institutional care and keep connected to their community.  Most importantly, the program addresses nutritional needs of this frail population.

Meals on Wheels is available to anyone who is homebound and/or unable to cook for themselves. The program serves primarily older adults and persons with disabilities. 93% of our meal recipients are over the age of 60. 62% of those served are female, 14% are minority and 56% live alone. Only 19% of our recipients are able to privately pay the $5.25 for each meal. General eligibility requirements for home delivered meals include: unable to prepare meals or shop for themselves, no one in household is available to prepare or shop, unable to attend our Senior Dining congregate meal program, have difficulty leaving their home without assistance, and a Kenosha County resident.

How does the United Way funding help your organization achieve its mission?

United Way funding helps to support the Meals on Wheels program throughout Kenosha County. No one is ever denied a meal because of their inability to pay and KAFASI does not have a wait list. The funds from United Way have been vital in KAFASI’s efforts to feed, and be a check-in on Kenosha’s most vulnerable and isolated seniors and disabled.

How can volunteers get involved? 

The program operates using Volunteer Drivers. The drivers deliver meals with their own vehicles. Services are provided Monday through Friday during the lunch hour.  Clients are served throughout Kenosha city and county. The drivers’ pickup meal bags from one of six Meals on Wheels collection sites. The meals are available for pick up by 11:00am and delivered by 1:00pm. Most routes take approximately one hour to complete. There are approximately 10 homes on each route.  After competition of the route, the bags are returned to the collection sites. More information is available by calling the KAFASI Office at 262.658.3508