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Low attendance threatens meals at senior center

Staff writer

Goessel Senior Center needs to increase its daily attendance in order to keep its lunch program, Marion County Department on Aging Director Gayla Ratzlaff told county commissioners Monday.

The North Central Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging requires a nutrition site have at least 15 attendees each day and does not allow for averaging attendance, she said.

Meals on Wheels do count toward the attendance. The agency will make a decision March 31.

Goessel Senior Center typically has an attendance of 13 or 14, senior center director Lois Janzen said. Meals are $2.75 for anyone 60 or older and $4.50 otherwise.

Janzen said she doesn’t know what would happen without the meal program, but she plans to talk with Keith’s Foods and Bethesda Home about possibilities.

Last modified Jan. 28, 2010

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