Two townships have teamed up to expand meals for seniors in Oak Park and River Forest. Oak Park Township and River Forest Township have provided a list of dates along with pick-up and delivery options for seniors over 60 years old looking for prepared meals.
Earlier this month, the neighboring townships expanded their meal distribution services, giving participants the opportunity to pick up meals on Tuesday or Fridays. On Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., residents can grab five frozen, microwave meals or a three-pack, which includes one fresh, hot meal; one cold meal like a deli sandwich or salad and one frozen meal. Meals can be picked up at Oak Park Township, 130 S. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park. Frozen meals are also available on Fridays at Oak Park Township. Remaining dates for the Friday pick-ups this month are June 17 and 24 between 11 a.m and 1 p.m.
Pamela Mahn, senior director of the townships’ senior services, said the organizations are delivering meals to seniors who are homebound. Mahn said there is a suggested donation of $1.50 per meal, but no one is turned away. A full listing of the townships’ meal distribution services can be found online at the Oak Park Township website, oakparktownship.org/senior-services. Those interested can also call the township at 708-383-8060. Registration and pre-orders are required.
In addition, Oak Park Township and River Forest Township are also providing other resources for local seniors in need of transportation or help around their home. Oak Park township is offering curb-to-curb rides throughout Oak Park and River Forest for residents of those communities. Residents are encouraged to make reservations for shopping trips, doctors appointments or other errands a week in advance, or staff should at least have a minimum 24-hour notice, Mahn said. Residents are asked to donate $1, according to the site.
The River Forest Township has a senior home repair program for Oak Park and River Forest residents over the age of 60. The program caters to simple repairs, including installing grab bars; hanging pictures, shelves or curtains; cleaning the gutters and fixing the sink. Fees range between $20 to $40 an hour, depending on income. More information can be found on the River Forest Township’s website at riverforesttownship.org/seniorservices.asp.
Mahn told Wednesday Journal that area seniors looking to renew their driver’s license or take a Rules of the Road refresher course should leave July 18 open on their calendars. Oak Park Township has partnered with the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State for Super Seniors, a program for Illinois seniors in need of assistance for driver’s license renewals. The program includes Rules of the Road classroom instruction and a vision-screening exam.
Participants can also receive an identification card for $20, but those aged 65 and older are eligible to obtain a free, non-expiring State of Illinois photo ID card, according to the secretary of state’s website. Drivers who are 75 years old and older are required to take a driving test to renew their driver’s licenses and must visit a driver services facility, the site also stated.
Mahn told the Journal that the townships’ mission is to give access, care and resources residents and urged those with questions to reach out.
“We’re a phone call away, and we can help locate services that they may need,” she said.