Sugar River Senior Center Staff Serve as Lifelines for Area Senior Citizens
April 23, 2020
Staff at Sugar River Senior Center and Burreson's Foods, in cooperation with members of the Community Club, local churches, and School District of Belleville staff, and local volunteers have been planning and delivering meals and groceries to area Senior Citizens since March 14.
"The Senior Center began preparations the week of March 9 as soon as the information came to us that there was concern with coronavirus," said Angie Markhardt, Case Manager for the Senior Center. "We cancelled activities immediately and closed the doors to the public on March 16. Before leaving work on the March 14, we made plans to put together preparation bags for Senior Citizens who were getting Meals on Wheels and others who we knew may have greater need."
The bags included toilet paper, soap, Kleenex, canned soups, canned fruits, canned veggies, and some grains.
Markhardt explained that during the weekend of the March 13-15, a plan was formed with Burreson's Foods to assure that if people needed groceries delivered for whatever reason, there was a system in place that didn't put the burden on employees of Burreson's Foods.
"We posted on Facebook and asked for volunteers," added Markhardt. "We were overwhelmed by the response by members of the community."
Originally, Senior Center staff planned to assist seniors citizens, "but in the end, we wanted to include the whole community."
If you want groceries delivered, please call Burreson's Foods at (608) 424-1986. Staff will take your order for groceries and has curbside pick-up available or if you want delivery, staff will call the Senior Center to use the volunteer pool who have been cleared through background checks with RSVP of Dane County.
"Darin and Corisa at Burreson's are great to work with," added Markhardt. "At this point, our volunteers take care of the deliveries and Burreson's take care of the curb side pick-ups. New Glarus residents heard about grocery delivery and Darin has encouraged Roy's Market to use our volunteers to deliver groceries, too."
If Seniors Citizens want Meals on Wheels meals, please contact the Sugar River Senior Center at (608) 424-6007.
"The food is delivered from Consolidated Foods and packaged for delivery at the Senior Center," said Markhardt.
She explained that the meals during the stay-at-home order are delivered on Tuesdays (two meals), Thursday (two meals) and Friday (one meal).
"We have freezer meals that are delivered with the hot meal on Friday if people want extra help," said Markhardt. "Currently, we have about 40 people in our service area receiving meals each day."
Throughout the year, the Senior Center has a great group of volunteers who deliver Meals on Wheels.
"During COVID-19, we asked our volunteers older than 65 to stay safe," added Markhardt. "Members of the community volunteered to deliver meals and groceries. Each volunteer has to go through a background check."
If you want to volunteer or donate to the Senior Center, please contact (608) 424-6007.