Vienna Senior Center plans temporary suspension of congregate meals, activities through end of March

Posted 3/18/20

Vienna Senior Center is among Aging Best (formerly Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging) facilities which on Monday announced the suspension of the congregate meal program and …

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Vienna Senior Center plans temporary suspension of congregate meals, activities through end of March

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Vienna Senior Center is among Aging Best (formerly Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging) facilities which on Monday announced the suspension of the congregate meal program and activities.

“This decision follows the Centers for Disease Control recommendations on the COVID-19 virus to avoid large gatherings, especially with our most vulnerable population,” according to Melissa Schulte, network coordinator with Aging Best.

Suspension of in-facility meals and activities began Monday and will continue through March 31 at which time administrators will re-evaluate reinstating regular programming.

“Aging Best is committed to providing nutrition and services for seniors and caregivers in our communities,” according to Schulte. “We will temporarily be offering curbside meals and expanded home delivered meals to continue serving those in need.”

Vienna Senior Center Board President, Hank Wansing, said although Aging Best closed the building on Monday, to continue to serve the county’s senior citizen’s nutrition needs, they will provide curb side pickup of meals for the senior citizens who come get them between 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. He suggested they call ahead (422-3834) and reserve their meal beginning after 8 a.m.

Monday night bingo is cancelled as well until further notice.

Also cancelled is the senior center’s important fundraiser, Imagine Italy, which was scheduled to be held Saturday night, March 21. 

Aging Best is a non-profit agency serving older adults and caregivers in 19 counties.

“During this time, we are making every effort to ensure our seniors and their caregivers have access to nutrition,” Schulte added. “We are also working to combat the social isolation and fear people may experience. For these reasons, we are asking for donations of non-perishable foods, cleaning supplies, hygiene supplies, games, books, magazines, crossword puzzles, yarn for knitting and crocheting, and other activities. We can accept donations at any of our Senior Centers, or our Aging Best administrative offices.”

Those wishing to volunteer by coordinating and distributing donations, or delivering meals, call Aging Best at 1-800-369-5211.

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