Prairie Five has received an $8,000 grant from United Way of Southwest Minnesota for its program that delivers meals to low income shut-ins and seniors in rural Yellow Medicine County.
"It's a five-county program but this grant is for Yellow Medicine County," said Gail Jerve, associate director of Prairie Five. "We received the funds to help with transportation costs for Meals on Wheels and Congregate Dining."
According to Jerve, the program operates out of the Prairie Five outreach office and food shelf in Canby. Meals are delivered long-distance by volunteers in their own vehicles. The grant will help offset the transportation costs incurred by the volunteers.
Prairie Five is an association of community action organizations in Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Swift and Yellow Medicine counties. Only Yellow Medicine County is within the service area of United Way of Southwest Minnesota.
"That's part of our larger granting program, United Against Hunger," said Ruth Ascher, executive director of United Way of Southwest Minnesota. "There is a total of $66,500 in grants for that. The reason we're focusing resources towards that is to increase access to food and focus on seniors and disabled who might not have access to transportation."
United Way helps support Lutheran Social Services food support programs in Lyon, Lincoln, Murray, and parts of Redwood counties. The addition of the P5 senior nutrition program gives United Way full coverage over their service area, Ascher said.