North county seniors seek lunch program
April 9, 2013
North County seniors are hoping county commissioners will be willing to serve them … lunch.
Indian Hills residents and former improvement district board members Kathryn Clark-Ross and Dianne Humble were early proponents of getting Douglas County Senior Services to deliver meals to the north county community twice a week. "We had a group of seniors asking how they can get lunches served at Indian Hills," Indian Hills District Manager John Lufrano said. "We had a few meetings with Travis Lee and Scott Morgan, and from there we developed a nucleus of volunteers to help with the program." Lufrano said the district board approved the use of the meeting room as a location to serve the meals.
"Now we need funds for the food," he said.
County commissioners are scheduled to discuss funding for a North County nutrition program at their budget hearing on Wednesday.
Senior Services Manager Travis Lee said the plan is to serve meals in a way similar to that done at Topaz Ranch Estates.
"The last Census showed a larger population of seniors in the north Valley that we anticipate serving," he said. "If approved by the Board of County Commissioners next week during the budget process the program anticipates a lunch twice a week for seniors living in Indian Hills, Sunridge, Jacks Valley and Johnson Lane."
Lee said during meetings with Indian Hills residents he was told congregate dining and additional transportation were among the services people wanted.
He said seniors in the north county are currently benefitting from Meals on Wheels, the homemaker program, the personal emergency response program and the DART Dial-A-Ride transportation program.
Lee said the department won't be able staff support for the program without hiring an additional half-time position, and that's what they'll be asking commissioners to do on Wednesday.
That part-time position would help coordinate, train and support the volunteers who'll be serving the meals.
"It is anticipated that this program will meet the growing needs of seniors who wish to remain in their home, stay active, socialize with community members, and seek a nutritional need," Lee said.
The suggested donation per meal is $2 for seniors older than 60 years and a mandatory charge of $3.50 for residents 60 years and younger.
County commissioners are holding hearings on the preliminary budget 5 p.m. Tuesday and 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Douglas County Administrative Building in Minden.