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Funds needed to keep home-delivered meals program going

A spaghetti dinner and silent auction to support the home-delivered meals program for seniors, shut-ins, disabled and homebound persons will take place Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Osakis Pollard Community Center.

The event, sponsored by the Osakis Economic Development Corporation, will start at 11 a.m. and run until about 2 p.m. (See the ad in this Review for details.) Take-out dinners are available and can be ordered at 320-859-2325.

The meals program, while not new to the Osakis community, has become more costly to maintain, according to the Osakis Senior Club. While recipients donate what they can for their meals and volunteers offer their time and vehicles to deliver them four days a week, a stipend per mile is paid to those volunteers. This cost amount was previously shared with Nutrition Services, Inc., a federal program, but has since stopped.

Other changes at the senior center: the site director and head cook positions have been combined (presently held by Mary George of Osakis); the paid position of kitchen helper has been discontinued and senior volunteers are trying to help more; and the dishwasher position recently filled by Experience Works is no longer being filled or paid.

Lil Ortendahl, a board member for the Osakis Senior Club, noted that the club is grateful for the many volunteer hours given to the program by members, and the club is trying to give some monetary support as well, but it's finding that the added expenses not picked up by NSI is having a financial impact.

The board wants to keep the program of home delivered meals going, according to Ortendahl.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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