The Delta Senior Center at 247 Meeker is still offering a meal every weekday for seniors and anyone who would like to enjoy lunch there. This is happening despite the recent cutbacks by Senior CommUnity Meals, a function of Volunteers of America.
Although meals are no longer served on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Delta Senior Citizens, Inc., with the assistance of Senior CommUnity Meals staff, has begun a "soup kitchen" meal on those days.
The soup kitchen offers a lighter lunch for $2.50 for ages 55 and over, from 12-12:30 p.m. The menu includes a soup of the day, a sandwich, and also may include bread or biscuit, dessert and other side dishes when available.
The concept was cooked up by lead cook Jo Ann Ross, working with senior volunteers, who are serving up the Tuesday and Thursday meals. "With recent financial cutbacks resulting in the elimination of Tuesday and Thursday meals by Senior CommUnity Meals, we wanted to find a way to still serve seniors and others who wanted to be fed," Ross said.
After discussion, a trial meal was successfully served Tuesday, Oct. 15, for about 17 people. After announcing it at the regular lunch the next day, more lunch customers came in on Thursday, Oct. 17. It was decided then the "soup kitchen" would go forward, with staff and volunteers sharing the kitchen on those days.
The regular Senior CommUnity meals are still served on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and are available for a suggested donation of $3 for those age 60 and over, and $8.40 for those under age 60.
No reservations are normally needed to enjoy lunch at the Delta Senior Center. Reservations may be necessary for the monthly "birthday meals," usually held on the first Wednesday of the month, when the highest number of lunch diners come to the senior center. Those lunches honor seniors celebrating a birthday in that particular month. Those interested should watch for a sign-up sheet at the welcome table.
In other news at the Delta Senior Center, the winners in the election for the board of directors took their seats at the Oct. 14 meeting. The meeting marked the final session for Larry Davidson, outgoing board president, who did not seek re-election. The new board members selected Paul Ash as the new board president. He will serve in that role until October 2014.
"With the recent elimination of Meals on Wheels by our volunteers, in favor of a contracted company making the deliveries to homebound clients, all of us at the Delta Senior Center are concerned for those who are experiencing problems," Ash said. "If anyone has a problem, complaint, concern, or even a compliment involving home meal deliveries, the Delta Senior Center, or the Thrift Shop at the senior center, they can call the center at 874-7837, or call me personally at 399-3514."
Ash added that Delta Senior Citizens is not directly involved with the home meal deliveries, but the staff and volunteers want to make sure nobody is left wanting or going hungry.blog comments powered by Disqus