One last Meals on Wheels lunch

first_imgAfter Marie Tilley’s husband died in 2001, she started coming to the Firstenburg Community Center’s senior lounge and eating lunch at Meals on Wheels People’s dining room.“This has given me an outlet,” she said. “My group is my family.”The last meal served Friday at the center’s congregate dining room was pizza, salad and cake. Tilley said she’ll continue visiting the community center’s senior lounge to do puzzle and games with her friends, but she’ll just go home afterwards instead of going to lunch.Meals on Wheels People said closing its operations at Firstenburg was a financial decision. Not enough people were visiting the dining room to justify the cost. It cost $317,751 annually to run Meals on Wheels operations at Firstenburg. Meals served at the center have decreased 13 percent over the last two years.On average, about 140 meals were delivered out of that location, and 14 to 15 clients dined there each weekday. More people than normal showed up for the final meal.“I come here for the interaction with people,” Yochanon Snook said. “I was a professional cook for 20 years. There’s nothing they do back there that I haven’t done.”last_img

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