Senior Services to shut down Roving Pantry Program
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - The Roving Pantry Program will be closing after over 40 years of serving homebound seniors in Wichita unless they can raise $50,000 to continue services in 2023.
The Roving Pantry Program has been serving the homebound seniors of Wichita for more than 40 years by shopping for and delivering their groceries to them. If the $50,000 goal is not reached by Dec. 15, the program is set to end on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022.
"Roving Pantry has been a program of Senior Services for well over 40 years now. Probably closer to 50," says Executive Director Laurel Alkire. "The program takes orders over the phone , inputs orders into the Dillons' website, then picks up the groceries and delivers them to homebound seniors age 60 and older."
"Our clients are often isolated with limited resources, no computer to order online and health issues that make walking or driving to large supermarkets a challenge," Alkire says. "Our staff doesn't just deliver the groceries, they bring them into the client's home and puts them away. This is a huge help for seniors battling vision impairments or arthritis which makes lifting even small items a challenge. If a client receives Meals on Wheels along with Roving Pantry then we are able to meet 100% of their daily nutritional needs and keep them living safely in their own homes."
If you would like to help by donating, you can visit the Senior Services website here.