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  • Charlene Sims, Journal staff

More than 22,000 meals served to seniors over 12-month period


The Pleasanton Senior Center is the hub for distribution of meals to homebound seniors. (Journal file photo)


MOUND CITY –On Monday, Dec. 5, Linn County Economic Development Director

Jessica Hightower presented information about the senior centers to Commission

Chair Jim Johnson and Commissioner Rick James. Commissioner Danny McCullough

was absent.


Hightower handed out the attendance numbers and information for all senior meal

sites.


Her report showed that the total meals for the lunch programs in Linn County from

September 2021 to October 2022 was 22,229. Of that number, 9,663, or 43.47% of the total, were congregate meals served at Blue Mound, Centerville, Mound City, Parker and Pleasanton.


The home-delivered program served 12,566 meals, or 56.53% of the total, to homebound seniors.


Home delivered meals in La Cygne, Linn Valley and Prescott are served by

volunteers from the Pleasanton meal site.


Eligibility for the home-delivered meals requires that a person is not able to leave

home without assistance, is unable to drive or is socially isolated. The East

Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging (ECKAAA) runs routes throughout the county

to serve hot meals or a combination of hot and frozen meals to the homebound

participants, so they have meals seven days a week if needed.


The Senior Center numbers are:

Hightower updated the commissioners on the repairs at Centerville and Parker. She

said that supplies were being ordered. At Centerville, the refrigerator will be

delivered there, and Webber Heating and Cooling will be installing the new heating,

ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system.


Derailed Commodities will be replacing the floor at Parker, and the county will put in

the countertops.

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