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Senior Center starting meal reservations, vying for Community Rewards award

By Melissa McCaghren

Slatonite GM

The Slaton Senior Center has been busy since reopening in September after COVID closed it down for several months.

That said, while seniors are coming back to enjoy dinners, Bingo and other activities, the Center is feeling the monetary impact of the loss of several months income.

The Center has also started to change how they serve meals at the Center.

Center director Nita Williams said at first when they reopened Sept. 8, business was as usual, with seniors returning for congregate meals. “The amount of people attending started falling almost from day one. I feel this is due to the rising COVID cases in town,” she said.

That impacted meals, but not in the way most folks would expect.

“The kitchen staff never knew how many to plan for and as a result we have had to throw away food because too much was prepared and was not freezable,” she said, citing Health Codes that prevent them from re-serving food.

So in came the reservation request, which allows them to predict how much food they may need for the day.

Reservations can be made by calling the Center at 828-3784, or using a reservation log when signing up for lunch during the week.

The Center is participating again in the Community Rewards program sponsored by City Bank.

The voting site is City.Bank/community rewards. People are allowed to vote once a day. Voting ends Dec. 13 at 11:59 p.m.

For more information, please read the Thursday edition of The Slatonite.

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