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Ellinwood offers meals, rides to seniors
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ELLINWOOD — The Ellinwood Bus Service and Friendship Meals, along with Meals on Wheels are all available as a service to those over 60 who live in Ellinwood.

The bus service runs Monday through Friday at a cost of 75 cents every time you board the bus.

"Everyone is a volunteer," said Marilyn Sauber, coordinator, speaking of the work needed to make the service run smoothly. The service was started in 1993 to offer low cost transportation to senior citizens.

They give 20-25 rides per week. "It’s been a worthwhile project," said Sauber. "People who need the bus really appreciate it."

Two volunteer dispatchers are needed, she said.

A fare to Great Bend is $10.

To make an appointment, call The Heritage Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The number is 564-3649.

Friendship Meals have also been offered since 1993. The nurtritious meals are served at the Heritage Center Monday through Friday. Diabetic meals are also available.

Marilyn Frydendall, coordinator of Friendship Meals and Meals on Wheels, encourages people to come to the center, eat and make friends. The cost of the meals for those over 60 is $3 or $5 for those under 60.

The meals are prepared at the central kitchen in Great Bend.

Friendship Meals are also in need of volunteers. There is one paid employee to do the dishes. Volunteers come at 11 a.m. and can stay until 4 p.m. as dispatcher for the bus.