Meals on Wheels drivers: Keith Larson, Sandy Linder (Sneakers) and Nina Larson. Submitted photo
Meals on Wheels drivers: Keith Larson, Sandy Linder (Sneakers) and Nina Larson. Submitted photo

By Jan Hatling, Treasurer, Spring Valley Seniors Staying Put

SPRING VALLEY, WI – In 2015, Heather Conway, Manager at the ADRC (Aging and Disability Resource Center) of Pierce County met with the board of Spring Valley Seniors Staying Put. She wanted feedback on how Spring Valley could improve their dwindling senior dining turnout. 

Senior dining programs are very important for the health and well-being of the senior community. They provide a nutritious hot meal at a reasonable cost with the bonus of getting people out of the house for social interaction.

Ruth Esanbock and the gang at Sneakers Pub and Eatery began working with the ADRC to provide meals Tuesdays- Fridays from 11-1pm in 2016 at their welcoming restaurant at S119 McKay Avenue in downtown Spring Valley. Anyone can eat lunch at Sneakers though the reduced cost for the meal is $4.00 for those 60 years and older.

In 2016 “Staying Put” volunteers began delivering Meals on Wheels for homebound seniors and providing rides for seniors needing a ride to attend. If you need a ride, please call Spring Valley Seniors Staying Put at 715-778- 5800 and our Volunteer Coordinator will arrange to have a volunteer pick you up.

Heather Conway, ADRC/Pierce County informed us in early April there were about 150 new people signed up at Sneakers for the meal program and the comments they’ve received are incredibly positive - praising everything from the food, the service, the fellowship, the confidential donation process and on and on.

One person said when she eats at Sneakers she "leaves with a good feeling that lasts all day." Heather added, “Much praise for everyone involved in this project.”

Heather Conway reported that in 2015, they served a total of 1,282 congregate meals at the Spring Valley Senior Center meal site. In 2016, Sneakers served 4,473 congregate meals. This is an increase of 3,191 meals or an increase of 248%. In addition to the congregate meals, an additional 942 Meals on Wheels were delivered. 

Thank you to the ADRC, Sneakers Pub and Eatery and Seniors Staying Put for a great partnership!