More than 2,000 meals provided for seniors over seven months

Updated: Oct 19, 2021

MOUND CITY – On Monday, Oct. 4, Linn County Commission Chair Rick James gave a report on the total of meals served at the congregate meal sites from January through July 2021. The East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging (ECKAAA) contracts with Linn County to provide meals to congregate site as well as those delivered to homes.

The report showed 192 meals served at the Blue Mound congregate site and 25 delivered to homes. A total of 185 meals were served at Centerville with none delivered to homes; 182 served at Mound City with 129 home deliveries; and 113 served at Parker with 42 home deliveries.

A total of 180 meals were served at the Pleasanton site and that site is credited with 1,006 home deliveries. The home deliveries at Pleasanton also include meals to La Cygne, Tanglewood Lakes and Linn Valley, because there is no La Cygne congregate meal site.

A total of 852 meals were served at congregate sites, and 1,202 were delivered to homes during that seven month period.

James told his fellow commissioners that while La Cygne no longer has a site, the Linn County Library District No. 2 serves meals and makes home deliveries as well.

He pointed out that private donations provide meals at the library.

Janet Reynolds, coordinator for senior programs at the La Cygne library, said in a separate interview that the library serves about 80 meals in the library’s kitchen two days a week.

Last fall the library served meals three meals a week, but has cut back. Reynolds also said the number of participants had dropped but is now beginning to increase again.

In an interview, Linn County Clerk David Lamb reported that ECKAAA is paid $31,500 yearly to supply the meals and the site managers. Since most locations, except for Pleasanton, are owned by the county, the other main expenses are for utilities and insurance for the buildings.

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