The Delta Seniors organization has taken initiative and stepped up to meet a need in the community.
Since October the organization has been providing a hot meal for Senior Center patrons at noon twice a week.
The organization's board decided that Volunteers of America's cutback to three noon meals a week left a local need unmet.
VOA still provides a hot meal for seniors at Delta on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Now, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, volunteers from the Delta Seniors buy ingredients, prepare, and serve a "soup and sandwich" lunch at the center.
For a charge of $2.50, patrons get a choice of two different soups, homemade on site by volunteers, along with a sandwich or a salad. Desserts are also available.
The initiative is being called the Senior Citizens Meal Service.
"The board saw a need to provide something for people who need it," said volunteer Frieda Goings.
As many as 38 people have queued up in the serving line to enjoy a nutritional boost and a chance to socialize with friends. On Tuesdays weekly bingo games help draw a good turnout.
The Delta Seniors and Volunteers of America, though closely linked through the VOA's countywide senior meals and Meals on Wheels programs, are separate organizations.
The Delta Seniors have expenses of their own and pay operating costs for the senior center on Meeker Street.
Goings explained also the City of Delta is a generous and much appreciated partner in providing the senior center; the facility would not be possible were it not for city involvement and contributions.
A thrift shop is operated by the seniors to generate funds to help pay for utilities, insurance and other costs.
Goings said the Senior Citizens Meal Service is carrying its own weight financially, but it has to be managed a bit differently from the VOA program to be able to do so.
The VOA noon meals on Monday, Wednesday and Friday are provided for a "suggested donation."
The Tuesday and Thursday program requires payment of $2.50 "from everyone, even board members," Goings told the DCI.
Delta Seniors volunteers helping with the Senior Citizens Meal Service on a recent Thursday in addition to Goings were Lisa Riem, Betty Zavadil, Sadie Cruz, Doris Myers, Angie Helmericks and Margaret Bakeman.
Delta Seniors board members are Paul Ash, president; Bakeman, vice president; Helmericks, secretary; and Myers, Pat Moore, Sue Seuell, and Thom Wheeler.blog comments powered by Disqus