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Meals on Wheels sets up in Owen County, seeks delivery driver

With the support of the R.C. Durr Foundation and the Northern Kentucky Area Development District (NKADD), Meals on Wheels Southwest OH & Northern KY recently announced the development of a physical presence in Owen County.

Formerly known as Wesley Community Services, Meals on Wheels Southwest OH & Northern KY operates out of Cincinnati, Ohio, and is the largest provider of home-delivered meals in the region.

Meals on Wheels is constantly looking for ways to deliver meals to communities south of the Ohio River more efficiently. With help from the R.C. Durr Foundation, NKADD, and Owen County Senior Center Director Stacey Sipple-Long, the organization will now operate a satellite office from the Owen County Senior Center.

“The R.C. Durr Foundation was very generous to support us with resources to put equipment in county-based locations so that we could operate within the community and hire local folks to do deliveries,” said Sarah Celenza, chief innovation and collaboration officer for Meals on Wheels Southwest OH & Northern KY. “Owen County is our first location for that.”

When the now-defunct Senior Services of Northern Kentucky announced it would no longer serve Owen County due to a lack of funding, seniors began receiving home-delivered meals through Meals on Wheels Southwest OH & Northern KY.

The organization currently serves approximately 20 Owen County seniors and hopes to up that number as word gets out about its local presence.

“Our tagline is much more than a meal,” Celenza added. “We’re not just getting food to seniors; it’s a regular visit they can count on. It’s a well check. Our drivers are trained to get to know the people they deliver to and report back to their case management or emergency services if something is going on.”

To determine if you or a loved one qualifies for assistance, contact the Aging and Disability Resource Center at 859-692-2480. For those who have special diets, Meals on Wheels offers a variety of meals for special health conditions, such as low-carb, low-sodium and more.

In addition to developing a physical presence in Owen County, the organization seeks to hire a part-time local delivery driver.

The driver is responsible for packing, transporting and delivering meals to clients' homes, completing safety checks on clients while delivering meals, and establishing supportive, caring relationships with each client served, among other duties.

Interested applicants must possess a valid driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record with less than four points annually and successfully pass a pre-employment background check, physical and drug/alcohol screen.

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