On September 25, 1978 the first grant under Title III, Older American Act, for the Meals on Wheels Program was approved.
By Ron Cardino
Posted June 10, 2013
Meals and local transportation began in Langdon on December of 1978, with Dianne Ronngren as director. The first congregate meals served by Meals on Wheels was Monday, December 4, 1978, and the first home delivered meals were delivered on December 11, 1978.
“We provide meals, transportation, and health maintenance (foot care) services,” said new Director, Karrie Mikkelsen. “In 2012, we provided services for 472 people in Cavalier, Roulette, Towner and Ramsey counties.”
The Cavalier County Senior Meals and Services provides two types of meals: congregate senior dining and home-delivered meals. Congregated meals are served Monday through Friday at 12 p.m. and home meals are also available during those days, along with frozen meals available for the weekends, if needed. “All of our home-delivered meals are transported by volunteers. Anyone interested in delivering meals please call 701-256-2828.”
“We also provide meals to Milton on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays with a stop in Osnabrock along the way,” she mentioned. The meals are transported by their employees, (approximately eight) and are served congregated style at the Milton Senior Center. A suggested contribution for meals is $5.50, however, individuals over 60 can pay what they can afford.
In 2012, they provided 6,626 congregate meals in Langdon and 2,566 home-delivered meals, while also providing 1,725 meals to Milton.
In 1979, a county wide transportation system was implemented and the name of the organization was changed from Meals on Wheels to Cavalier County Senior Meals and Services. Public bus and van transportation is available to Langdon residents Monday through Friday beginning at 8:30 a.m. and will run up until 4 p.m. Both vehicles are handicap accessible. The bus has a wheel chair lift and the van has wheel chair ramp.
The van is basically used for out of town trips for medical appointments, shopping, taking people to the airport, etc. The van has been used to travel to Grand Forks, Devils Lake, Edmore and Park River.
You can purchase a full day pass for $3, which means you can get off and on as many times as needed for one charge, or you can pay $1.50 for a one-way ride; in which the bus picks you up and drops you off at one place. If the bus drops you off at a location and you get back on the bus to go somewhere else (getting on the bus and going somewhere else is counted as a second ride) you will be charged an additional $1.50.
From July 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013 the Cavalier County Transit has given 3,802 bus and van rides. “Our transportation service is open to anyone”, Mikkelsen commented.
Mikkelsen grew up in Langdon and attended UND for one year in 1982, before deciding that she wanted to become a hairdresser like her mom. Mikkelsen began working for Cavalier County Senior Meals and Services in 2000, working as a service coordinator, bus driver, kitchen worker, bookkeeper, and on February 1, became the new director replacing Beatrice Delvo.
On October 1, 1983 a new contract, ‘Northeast Health and Wellness’ started. The program provided footcare and health maintenance to eight counties (Benson, Cavalier, Eddy, Nelson, Pembina, Ramsey, Rolette and Towner) in Region III, with Cavalier County Senior Meals and Services being the grantee. Today there are still four counties (Cavalier, Ramsey, Rolette and Towner) providing health maintenance services.
The Health Maintenance (footcare) Services include soaking, cleaning, and trimming of the toenails, and also education guidance and counseling regarding proper foot care. Suggested contribution for this service is $15 for persons over 60 years of age.
If anyone is interested, there are copies of the booklet “Feeding Grandma” at their offices. Feeding Grandma (and Grandpa, too) is their campaign to educate legislators about the nutrition programs they provide to older adults in the state of North Dakota…and why it is important to support these programs.
“Our goal is to keep seniors remaining in their homes as long as possible,” Mikkelsen commented.
Cavalier County Senior Meals and Services means of financial support come from the ‘Older Americans Act Funds’, County Mill Levy’s, donations, fundraisers, 5311 Funds (Federal funds for transportation), state aid and contributions from the seniors for services provided.
Recently, Mikkelsen has been informed that there will be budget cuts coming from the federal level for the ‘Older Americans Act Funds.
She also wants people to know that you don’t need to be a member of the Langdon Senior Club to eat at the Cavalier County Senior Meals and Service. If you have any questions, please contact Karrie Mikkelsen at 701-256-2828.