SPOKANE – Greater Spokane County Meals On Wheels has had to make some changes to its programs to ensure it can keep rolling out meals to those who need them most.
With donations down, GSC Meals On Wheels executive director Pam Almeida said the organization now has to charge people under age 60 on a sliding-fee scale for its home meal delivery. It also has to charge people for its liquid nutrition service now in order to keep that service intact.
But GSC’s Silver Café service – a place where seniors can go to socialize over their meal – is one program the organization doesn’t want to lose.
However, one Silver Café location will close at the end of 2013. The Sinto Senior Activity Center ended its contact with GSC Meals On Wheels for the Silver Café lunch service. The Sinto Senior Center director Cal Coblentz said the center wants to transition to provide its own meal service. The Sinto is remodeling its kitchen and Coblentz said they hope to serve lunch five days a week in 2015. Until then, the Sinto will provide soup and sandwiches on Mondays and Thursdays.
Almeida said Sinto’s seniors are welcome at any of the other Silver Cafés.
“If we need to open a site in that area, we will,” Almeida said. “We want to make sure people are served. That’s our mission. And even though finances are difficult, we will find a way to serve people.”
There is another Silver Café less than two miles away from the Sinto at the Corbin Senior Center. Almeida reminds everyone they are also welcome at the Silver Café on 4803 N. Nevada, just north of Wellesley. It has a complete restaurant atmosphere and adds soup, salad and sandwiches to the daily menu. It’s open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.