The requested donation amount for the senior citizens lunch, both at the center and deliveries, is being raised to $3 on April 18.
“The donations that are received help offset the cost of providing these services and help tremendously in administering the meal program,” Brock Jackson, Six County Aging Services director, said.
Over the last couple of years, food prices, commodity market environments, supply chain issues and inflationary conditions have impacted and increased the cost of providing and delivering meals for senior citizens.
Because of these increasing costs, the suggested donation for senior center and home delivered meals will increase to $3.00 per meal as of April 18. The proposed change was discussed at the aging advisory council in January 2022 after receiving input and feedback from the local senior boards.
“We understand that many do not have the means to donate,” Jackson said in a letter to the senior citizen boards. “We do not take making these sorts of changes lightly, and all our decisions are made with our participants in mind. We greatly appreciate all donations and rest assure that all donations go directly back into the meal program.”
To be explicitly clear, this is a suggested donation and completely voluntary.
No one is required to donate, and no one will be denied service over the inability to donate. All donations are kept private.