What We Do
For nearly forty years, Mid-America Nutrition Program, Inc. has provided Meals on Wheels for seniors across east central Kansas. We deliver a hot, nutritious noon meal each weekday to homebound participants age 60 years and older in Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, Linn, Miami and Osage Counties.
We deliver much more than just a well-balanced meal. We also deliver:
A Friendly Face
Volunteers enjoy delivering meals, and meal recipients enjoy the daily contact with those volunteers. The Meals on Wheels driver or volunteer may be the only person some homebound clients might see each day.
Peace of Mind
Children, other family members, and friends of homebound persons can rest assured that if they cannot check up on their loved one each day, the Meals on Wheels drivers and volunteers make sure everything is alright.
Meals on Wheels allows seniors to remain in their own homes and in their own neighborhoods rather than in assisted living facilities or nursing homes. It allows them to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible.
Weekend meals are available to those who are homebound and at risk of institutionalization. For seniors who are not homebound, we provide nutritionally-balanced meals at 25 sites in the six-county area.
All of our meals are prepared daily in our own kitchens in Ottawa, Kansas from menus certified by a licensed dietician and delivered by vans to our sites. From our sites, an army of dedicated volunteers delivers meals to those who are confined to their homes.
We provide balanced meals and nutrition support to help older persons stay healthy and independent in their own homes.
more than meals.
Seniors who live alone and receive Meals on Wheels feel less isolated and lonely.
About Our Program
Mid-America Nutrition Program, Inc. is a non-profit organization. A board of directors made up of caring individuals from each county oversees the management of the organization, and each year our financial statements are audited by CPAs. MANP has been run efficiently, and it is in good financial condition.
Our financial goal each year is to cover our costs and not generate deficits or surpluses. It costs us $5.88 for each site-delivered meal, and $6.31 for each home-delivered meal.
MANP is a “participative” program. That means it is not entirely funded by the government, but relies heavily on each individual community and each individual that receives a meal to help pay for that meal. In fact, individual donations are the largest source of funding that we have. MANP receives 40% of its funding from individuals’ donations, 53% of its funding from federal and state tax dollars, and 7% from counties. Despite relying so heavily on donations from individuals, MANP never denies a meal to anyone in need who is over 60 years of age.
The program is funded in part by the Older Americans Act (OAA). The purpose of the OAA Nutrition Program is to:
Reduce hunger and food insecurity among older individuals;
Promote socialization of older individuals;
Promote the health and well-being of older individuals; and
Delay adverse health conditions for older individuals.
For more information about the OAA, visit the government website here.
Who We Are
LMSW, ABD Social Welfare
Angie has been working in the state of Kansas as a Licensed Masters Level Social Worker since 1999 and has worked in a variety of diverse social service settings since starting her career at Sarasota Palms Psychiatric Hospital back in 1987. Throughout her lengthy career, she has engaged in policy, direct practice, research, teaching, grant writing and fundraising initiatives. In her free time, Angie recently launched a fundraiser for the Lawrence Community Shelter selling all of her Ayrault Artware apparel and visual art line with proceeds benefiting homeless youth. Most evident is Angie’s longterm commitment and passion for serving disenfranchised populations. She hopes to find ways to enrich our multi-county Meals on Wheels Program by pursuing avenues to secure additional funding sources while also investigating ways in which to create intergenerational relationships between the elders and school-aged youth.
Human Resources & Finance
A resident of Ottawa, Candy has worked for MANP since 2013. She is married with three children, and is a Girl Scout leader. Most of her free time is spent helping with or attending her kids' activities.
Mary has worked for MANP for 15 years and believes in our mission of keeping seniors independent and in their own home. She's been married to her husband, Kenny, for 47 years, with three kids and ten grandkids.
Wendy, Connie & Linda
Connie lives in Waverly, KS. She has a son, Brad, who lives in Missouri with his wife and two kids. Connie's worked at MANP since 1991, cooking the main dish.
Linda is a life-long resident of Franklin County, and has worked for MANP for seven years. She's been married to her husband, Brad, for 42 years, and they have two married children and five grandchildren. Linda loves to cook, work outside in her flower garden, spend time with her family, and attend her grandchildren's activities.
Reba has lived almost all her life in Franklin County. She began working at MANP in 2001, and is married with two grown children and five grandchildren. She's been a Girl Scout leader for eleven years, and sewing is one of her hobbies.
Outreach & Development
Karl started as a substitute driver for MANP two years ago, and learned all the routes out of the office, including the one in Linn County. He finds this work rewarding for two reasons (1) it gets him out of the house and (2) he feels he's contributing a small measure of help via MANP, which is providing a service to those individuals that need assistance. He previously worked as a school teacher and coach, a rural mail carrier for the United States Postal Service, and as the staff trainer for COF Training Services, a workshop for developmentally disabled adults. He enjoys traveling with his wife, Judy, working on their small farm, and spoiling their grandchildren. They have eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, with another on the way in August of 2018. (He has pictures if you are interested!)
One of our many Site Managers
Darrell, Henry, Merle, Bill & Mike
Other Communities We Help
In addition to providing meals for seniors through Meals on Wheels, we supply meals to other populations in our community, including the USD 290 After-School Program and the Miami County Jail. We're currently working with other school districts and correctional facitilies to extend our services. If you're interested in learning more, please contact us.
Mid-American Nutrition Program, Inc. exists because of the people we serve, and the people we help. We encourage you to get involved as a client, a volunteer, or as a financial benefactor below.
Sign Up For meal delivery
If you are 60 years or older, you qualify for Meals on Wheels delivery. We encourage you to sign up by clicking below.
We need you! Volunteers help in the kitchen, deliver to homebound participants, and help at meal sites. Click below to find out more.
Make a Donation
We can do what we do because of donations from generous people like you. To donate any amount, click below — and thank you!