Mark Taylor
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The Gardner City Council approved an agreement with the county to continue using the Gardner Senior Center as a Senior Nutrition Center.
The new agreement will cost the city about $25 per month in fee reductions.
The county will pay $125 for use of the facility through September, 2013.
“The previous agreement required payment of $150 per month,” Stewart wrote in a memo to the council. The Human Services Department is requesting the fee be reduced to $125 per month, citing that non of the other participating communities charge more than that amount.”
The Senior Nutrition Center provides regular meals for Gardner’s senior population.
The city of Edgerton, which pays taxes for the county’s human services department, does not have a Senior Nutrition Center.
Rather volunteers host a monthly senior luncheon on their own.
Mayor Don Roberts said the city has been turned down by the county due to budgetary concerns.
In an e-mail to Edgerton City Administrator Beth Linn, Deborah Collins, director of the Johnson County Human Services Department, suggested that Edgerton residents utilize Gardner’s service.
“Unfortunately, our limited resources prevent us from being able to assist with the Edgerton luncheon and in fact, our Congregate sites are likely to continue to down-size,” Collins wrote. “We are finding that the “younger Seniors” (those 60-80) prefer to utilize our CHAMPSS grocery store meal program, which is a partnership we have with three area Hy-Vee grocery stores, to provide a meal option in their food court, as an alternative to the traditional Congregate Meal programs located primarily in senior centers or churches.
“In response, future meal option expansions in the Area Agency on Aging’s Nutrition program will be focused on locating additional CHAMPSS sites at more grocery stores, and away from setting up additional congregate meal sites. We are hopeful that Hy-Vee grocery stores or other stores with a food court and on-staff dietician will soon locate in our rural communities so that we may be able to provide a convenient option for those residents.
“In the meantime, residents of Edgerton are encouraged to attend the Gardner Congregate Meal site located in the Gardner Senior Center, or to come to the Olathe Hy-Vee store located at 119th and Ridgeview to participate in the CHAMPSS program.”