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Doorbell Dinners Program Starts 46th Year


What would you do if you are ill and your physician prescribes a diet you cannot prepare for yourself? If you live in Jacksonville, you may qualify for Doorbell Dinners. 

Passavant Area Hospital, Prairie Council on Aging, and Church Women United continue their effort to mark 46 years of preparing, providing and delivering meals to local recipients unable to prepare meals for themselves. Over 15,000 deliveries were made during the past year to people in this situation.

Passavant hosted the annual meeting August 22 where representatives from the Jacksonville churches met to coordinate the efforts for the new year.

Jan Fellhauer, Passavant’s Director of Volunteers, best describes the Doorbell Dinner Program as a joint mission. “The Prairie Council on Aging screens applicants for dietary needs, as well as provides accounting and referral services; Passavant prepares a warm meal at noon, a sack lunch for evening, and coordinates five delivery routes; and Church Women United and volunteers from the Jacksonville churches deliver the meals. Working together they make Doorbell Dinners the success it is,” said Jan.