Senior meals on Area 12 agenda

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By SUNNY LOCKWOOD

Senior meals are back on tomorrow's menu for the Area 12 Agency on Aging Board of Directors.

The board will consider at least three options for providing cafeteria-style and home-delivered meals in the county.

Since the agency took over the meals program last July, it has lost thousands of dollars. In an effort to slow the losses, the agency in February pulled its kitchen equipment and meals service out of the Calaveras Senior Center.

Since then, there have been no hot, cafeteria meals called congregate meals for senior citizens. The Agency on Aging has, however, continued to prepare and deliver frozen meals to Meals on Wheels clients throughout the county.

The agency also established two restaurant programs, one in San Andreas and one in Angels Camp, where clients who used to eat at the Calaveras Senior Center or the Angels Camp meal site can now get their $2.50 meal.

The senior meals program is designed to deliver a nutritionally balanced meal to people older than 60 for a $2.50 donation. The meals are subsidized by funds from the state, which contributes roughly another $2.50 for each.

Board members tomorrow will discuss doing business with two out-of-the-area meal providers: Common Ground Senior Services Inc. of Jackson and Sierra Foothill Senior Management Inc. of Sonora.

The board will consider giving Common Ground the OK to prepare and deliver cafeteria-style meals at sites in Burson, Valley Springs and Rail Road Flat.

The board will also discuss using Common Ground to prepare and deliver hot home-delivered meals to Meals on Wheels clients in Angels Camp, Murphys and San Andreas; frozen weekend meals to clients in Angels Camp, Murphys and San Andreas; and a week's worth of frozen meals to clients in Burson, Rail Road Flat, Mountain Ranch, Valley Springs and West Point.

The board for is also considering contracting with Sierra Foothill Senior Management to prepare and deliver cafeteria-style meals to sites in Arnold and Copperopolis and frozen home delivered meals to clients in Arnold and Copperopolis.

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