Grapes ‘N Grog event

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Our guest today is Allison Riddle of the Area Agency On Aging, and their big fundraiser “Grapes ‘N Grog” is coming up. 

Scott Eastman to Headline 6th Annual Grapes & Grog to benefit Meals on Wheels.

Tickets are currently available for the the Area Agency on Aging’s 6th Annual Grapes & Grog fundraiser to benefit the Meals on Wheels program for seniors in Jasper, Newton, Barton and McDonald counties.

The event, which will include live music with Scott Eastman, hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a silent and live auction, will be held Saturday, October 13th  from 6-10 pm at Wilder’s Event Center, 1208 S. Main, in Joplin.

Tickets are $35 each ($25 for seniors over 60) and can be purchased at the Area Agency on Aging office at 531 E. 15th, Joplin, or online at, or Eventbrite.  Presenting sponsors include SGC Food Service, Brent & Mendi Westhoven, Beimdiek Insurance, Missouri Eagle, Macadoodles, College View Manor, Dixie Printing, and AdMax.

For more information, or to make a donation, please visit our website at  Also, be sure to check out our Facebook page at for updates on the event.

Currently the agency delivers almost 23,000 meals per month to homebound seniors. Right now the average price per meal is $5.57, while our average donation is only 37 cents per meal. Last year, the Area Agency on Aging spent over a million dollars on raw food alone.

Food insecurity is a growing issue among older adults and not just for seniors living below the poverty line. “We depend on the generosity of our communities to help us be able to provide meals for our seniors,” says Stan Heater, Chief Executive Officer of the Area Agency on Aging. “Without this help some of our most frail elderly would not be able to provide for their own nutritional needs.”

The Area Agency on Aging Region Ten has been serving the senior population of Barton, Jasper, Newton, and McDonald counties since 1978.  The Agency is a non-profit, charitable organization with a 501(c)(3) designation.  Region Ten’s purpose is to provide services, programs, and information that will assist older persons in maintaining independence and dignity in their lives.  

Services through this agency are available to persons 60 years of age or older who live in our service area. Priority is given to those individuals with the greatest economic and social need. Information and family caregiver services are provided to people of all ages. 

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