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Meal program allows 100-year-old to stay in home

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Bob Ford has lived in his current home for more than 50 years. At 100-years-old, living by himself isn’t always easy, but the American Red Cross is able to make it just a little bit easier.


Bob receives hot, nutritionally-balanced meals, five days a week from the Midway-Kansas Chapter’s Good Neighbor Nutrition Program (GNNP).


In 2008, he began receiving meals at a GNNP dining site and in 2012, transitioned to homebound meals.


During his time at the dining site, Bob was able to partake in social activities each weekday, in addition to receiving a warm meal. Bob said he enjoyed spending time with others and received great treatment from the volunteers.


There’s No Place Like Home

Bob has been considered a hard worker throughout his life, rarely missing a day of work and having built or rebuilt most of the furniture in his home.


“I don’t think there’s a nail in this house I haven’t touched,” said Bob. “My wife and I intended on just being in this house for a few years, but ended up staying for more than 50 years.”


Bob worked 25 years at Cessna as an engineer and 10 years at the Coleman Co. Before that, he worked in the construction industry, building houses. After retirement, Bob continued his side job with Kings-X until he was 93, fixing equipment – mixers, toasters and waffle irons.


Now he spends his time creating beautiful necklaces and remembering his wife Jean who passed away ten years ago. Having lived on his own for a while, Bob said he appreciates programs like GNNP that allow him to stay in his home.


“I have problems getting out now days,” said Bob. “Having my meals delivered makes it real nice for me.”


The GNNP provides social activities and serves approximately 850 hot, nutritionally-balanced meals each weekday at noon to residents age 60 or older in Butler, Harvey and Sedgwick counties at 22 senior dining sites. In addition, the GNNP allows seniors like Bob to remain in their homes for longer periods of time, by serving 250 homebound meals each day. It is funded under the Older Americans Act through the Central Plains Area Agency on Aging and the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. The Good Neighbor Program relies greatly on volunteers who dedicate their time and service to delivering meals and preparing food. For more information on how you can become a volunteer, call 316.219.4000.