Created on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 Written by REUBEN MEES
After responding to the immediate impact of Tri County Community Action Commission’s abrupt termination of its meal delivery service, the Area Agency on Aging is now focusing on setting up temporary congregate meal sites and establishing a long-term solution to the problem.
Tri County ended the Meals on Wheels delivery service and closed its congregate meal sites two weeks ago after its board learned it had no cash on hand to continue providing the services.
And the closure prompted action from the Area Agency on Aging, PSA 2, office, which funded the program.
“Once they gave us that notification, we were in need to restore meals in Logan and Champaign counties,” the Dayton-based AAA director Doug McGarry said. “We put a priority on getting home delivered meals up and running.”
They were able to meet the immediate need by contracting with the Senior Resource Connection of the Dayton Area to deliver five frozen meals per week to nearly 100 seniors in Logan and Champaign counties.
They are now working on identifying congregate meal sites, where seniors can gather for a prepared meal, and will have an informational meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, in Urbana for contractors interested in taking on the service long-term.
“The second part of our three-part plan is to reinstate congregate meal programs in the two counties and we’ve been meeting with various groups that might be interested in providing those sites,” Mr. McGarry said.
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