Elder Services rebrands as Meals on Wheels of Johnson County

Elder Services, which has provided affordable, high-quality services to older adults in Iowa City, Coralville and the surrounding area for more than 40 years, has been rebranded as Meals on Wheels of Johnson County, according to Michael Barnhart, chief executive officer of Horizons.

Founded in 1980, Elder Services, Inc. formed a strategic partnership with Horizons, A Family Service Alliance of Cedar Rapids in 2017, with Horizons providing administrative support to Elder Services. The two entities merged two years later, with Elder Services becoming a program under Horizons, which also administers the Meals on Wheels program for the Cedar Rapids metropolitan area.

“Meals on Wheels is a universally-recognized name. People understand the profound impact it has on the lives of the older adults who receive it,” said Mr. Barnhart. “This name change allows us to showcase that impact in a way we believe will greatly benefit the community as a whole.”

Mr. Barnhart also stressed that the name is the only thing that will change about the Johnson County program as it will still serve hot and frozen meals plus breakfast bags to senior clients in Johnson, Washington and Cedar counties, utilizing the Horizons staff based in Cedar Rapids and Coralville.

“We acknowledge the wonderful support that the people in the Elder Services area have given the program over the years, and look forward to not only keeping the traditions they have established there but expanding upon them,” he said.

Those interested in learning more about Meals on Wheels of Johnson County, including meal signup and volunteer opportunities, may call the Coralville office at (319) 338-0515.