Senior Centers Expand Food Programs Despite Stagnant Budget

4 years 4 months 1 day ago November 26, 2012 Nov 26, 2012 Monday, November 26 2012 Monday, November 26, 2012 7:19:00 AM CST in News
By: Dan Molloy

COLUMBIA - Senior centers throughout Mid-Missouri have expanded their meal programs despite decreases in federal funding.

The Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging (CMAAA) operates senior centers in 19 counties and offers home-delivery meal programs as well as congregate meals inside the centers. According to annual reports, the total number of home-delivered meals increased 28 percent in the 2012 fiscal year to 773,102 meals for 2,689 seniors. The CMAAA also served 408,863 congregate meals, which was a four percent increase from the 2011 fiscal year.

The expansion of the meal programs came despite a slight decrease in the CMAAA's budget. Revenue from federal grants, which make up about a third of the agency's budget, decreased for the second straight year. Senior center officials said the centers have had to become more financially efficient to accommodate increasing demand for meals. 

"Everything is going up, yet the budget stays the same," said Matt Davison, the assistant administrator of Oakland Senior Center in Columbia. "But we find ways to make our budget stretch to the last penny."

Mack Brushwood, 94, eats lunch five days a week at Oakland Senior Center. He said for many clients, the center provides their only quality meals each week.

"The food that they serve here would be different types of food that they could not buy on their own," Brushwood said. "So they get a better type of food than if they were at home."

Brushwood said if funding for senior centers continues to decline, the centers will have no choice but to begin cutting back on their meal programs.

"There's only two possibilities. One would be we go out," Brushwood said. "The other would be that we have to reduce the number of employees and the amount of food and the type of food."

Oakland Senior Center Administrator Brenda Woods said the center delivers meals to eight to ten new clients each week. To continue accepting new clients without turning any away, Woods said the center has taken measures to cut costs, including peeling potatoes rather than buying more expensive processed potatoes. She said each meal costs Oakland Senior Center less than five dollars, while the average cost per meal of all CMAAA-operated senior centers is $5.47.

Woods said donations to the center from local stores and organizations have helped keep costs down, and local donors would become even more important if senior centers cannot secure more funding.

More News

Grid
List
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Prosecutors say a Nigerian citizen living in St. Louis was part of a stolen identity fraud... More >>
3 hours ago March 29, 2017 Mar 29, 2017 Wednesday, March 29 2017 Wednesday, March 29, 2017 6:35:00 PM CDT in News
FULTON - An area man was arrested Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of stealing, trespassing and property damage. The Fulton... More >>
3 hours ago March 29, 2017 Mar 29, 2017 Wednesday, March 29 2017 Wednesday, March 29, 2017 6:20:00 PM CDT in Coverage From Callaway
HOLTS SUMMIT - Research published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute shows colon cancer rates have been steadily... More >>
3 hours ago March 29, 2017 Mar 29, 2017 Wednesday, March 29 2017 Wednesday, March 29, 2017 6:15:00 PM CDT in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Two teenagers were arrested Wednesday and accused of ATV theft. According to a release, Callaway County... More >>
3 hours ago March 29, 2017 Mar 29, 2017 Wednesday, March 29 2017 Wednesday, March 29, 2017 5:56:00 PM CDT in Coverage From Callaway
COLUMBIA - Former MU Interim Chancellor Hank Foley has accepted the position of president at the New York Institute of... More >>
4 hours ago March 29, 2017 Mar 29, 2017 Wednesday, March 29 2017 Wednesday, March 29, 2017 4:56:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
CALIFORNIA - Three people were arrested on drug charges Tuesday at the Moniteau County Jail. According to a release... More >>
5 hours ago March 29, 2017 Mar 29, 2017 Wednesday, March 29 2017 Wednesday, March 29, 2017 4:26:00 PM CDT in News
LAKE OZARK - Police arrested a man Wednesday morning following a vehicle chase in which the suspect allegedly hit a... More >>
5 hours ago March 29, 2017 Mar 29, 2017 Wednesday, March 29 2017 Wednesday, March 29, 2017 4:03:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - It only takes the swinging of a wrecking ball to reduce a historic building to rubble. ... More >>
6 hours ago March 29, 2017 Mar 29, 2017 Wednesday, March 29 2017 Wednesday, March 29, 2017 3:11:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City's transit system, JEFFTRAN, wrapped up a series of six public meetings on Wednesday. JEFFTRAN... More >>
7 hours ago March 29, 2017 Mar 29, 2017 Wednesday, March 29 2017 Wednesday, March 29, 2017 2:08:00 PM CDT in News
INDEPENDENCE (AP) — A suburban Kansas City police office is hospitalized after being injured in a confrontation after short car... More >>
7 hours ago March 29, 2017 Mar 29, 2017 Wednesday, March 29 2017 Wednesday, March 29, 2017 1:56:10 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Lawmakers are advancing a proposal to ban Missouri cities and counties from using red-light cameras. ... More >>
7 hours ago March 29, 2017 Mar 29, 2017 Wednesday, March 29 2017 Wednesday, March 29, 2017 1:48:48 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Chuck Berry fans will have their chance to pay their respects to the late rock 'n'... More >>
8 hours ago March 29, 2017 Mar 29, 2017 Wednesday, March 29 2017 Wednesday, March 29, 2017 1:45:11 PM CDT in News
MONITEAU COUNTY - Police caught a Kansas City man who is accused of multiple burglaries across Missouri, Pennsylvania and Arkansas... More >>
8 hours ago March 29, 2017 Mar 29, 2017 Wednesday, March 29 2017 Wednesday, March 29, 2017 1:33:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Only one state spends less per capita on its public defender system than Missouri: Mississippi. That could... More >>
10 hours ago March 29, 2017 Mar 29, 2017 Wednesday, March 29 2017 Wednesday, March 29, 2017 11:27:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri House has passed a proposal to spend roughly $242 million more than planned this... More >>
10 hours ago March 29, 2017 Mar 29, 2017 Wednesday, March 29 2017 Wednesday, March 29, 2017 11:23:07 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Department of Social Services Acting Director Jennifer Tidball said Missouri still is giving money to Planned... More >>
11 hours ago March 29, 2017 Mar 29, 2017 Wednesday, March 29 2017 Wednesday, March 29, 2017 9:49:00 AM CDT in News
FERGUSON (AP) — Police in Ferguson, Missouri, are investigating after a private security guard shot an armed man at the... More >>
12 hours ago March 29, 2017 Mar 29, 2017 Wednesday, March 29 2017 Wednesday, March 29, 2017 9:47:37 AM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A man has been sentenced to life in prison in connection with the 2014 southwestern Missouri shooting... More >>
12 hours ago March 29, 2017 Mar 29, 2017 Wednesday, March 29 2017 Wednesday, March 29, 2017 9:42:50 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 60°
10pm 59°
11pm 58°
12am 59°
1am 58°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

9:00p
Chicago P.D.
10:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 10
10:35p
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
9:30p
Seinfeld
10:00p
The King of Queens
10:30p
The King of Queens

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Blindspot
8:00p
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
9:00p
Chicago P.D.
7:00p
Arrow
8:00p
The 100
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld