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Friday senior meals continue...with help

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Several local groups are stepping up to provide two meals each month to the Shelbyville-Bedford County Senior Citizens Center.

Those meals were to have been eliminated due to funding cuts, according to the center's newsletter.

An item said that the center was encouraging members to "brown bag" their lunches on two Fridays each month.

Susan McGee, Christian Care Center's admissions coordinator and marketing director, contacted senior center director Sonya Miller about CCC sponsoring one of the Friday meals each month and catering a luncheon out of its kitchen.

Glen Oaks Convalescent Center, along with Walmart Distribution Center and Kroger, also prepared a meal.

A private individual even donated one meal, Miller said, saying that if they would cook it, he would buy the food.

"We just look for different ways to be involved in the community, we like to support others because we realize being a citizen of Bedford County, supporting the community just makes our presence felt," McGee said.

Other donations

The effort began in October, and the next meal is set for Dec. 21. Meals are provided on the third Friday of each month.

An average of 65 members are served each month. Also, CCC director of nursing Julie West checks the blood sugar levels of the seniors, for those who are diabetic or just want to know how their levels are running.

Miller said that they have always provided the meals for the seniors, but budget cuts are making it harder and harder to do so. The businesses "have really stepped up" to fill the gaps, she said.

"We've been extremely fortunate," Miller said. "It's a real blessing."

McGee said that different groups have approached the Christian Care Center about events going on in the area, and that they try to participate in as many as possible. They are open to just about any opportunity, she said.

Opportunities sought

Janice Boyce, director of social services at the care center, said that the current project with the Senior Center is the largest they are taking part in at this time, while others projects "come and go."

The center has been getting involved in sponsoring events as well, such as participating in the recent Relish Cooking Show put on by the T-G at the Calsonic Arena.

"This gives us an opportunity not only to get our name out there, but to physically be out in the community as well," McGee said.

"People always come to see us, but it's good to get out and see other people," Boyce explained. "They always come during the Christmas season, but this was our opportunity to give something back."