December 4, 2008

Meals on Wheels asks city for some assistance

The cost of eating continues to rise, and the Center Meals on Wheels Program is beginning to feel the effect. Next year the Mandan Meals on Wheels Program will not help fund the one in Center, which operates out of the Golden Age Club. Delphia Nelson appeared before the Center City Council at their monthly meeting Dec. 1 to ask for help.

According to Nelson, president of the Center Golden Age Club, Mandan’s program has been sharing grant money with Center, but with rising operating costs, Mandan doesn’t have the funds to allocate to Center. Nelson, who also serves on the Mandan Golden Age Services Board, said the amount Center’s program will receive this year from Mandan is $7,321.08, and the projected cost to operate the program in Center for 2009 is $11,535.

On average the program provides 16 meals a day Monday through Friday, except holidays. Typically five are delivered and the rest are served at the Golden Age Club. Nelson estimated the cost of preparing a meal at $6.80. Those under 60 years of age pay that amount. People age 60 and over pay according to their ability with prices ranging from $3.50-4. Through October of this year, Nelson said that 3,323 meals have been served.

"I have collected enough money for this year," Nelson said. "The Community Club has been wonderful. We get money from gaming and other sources, and I’m sending out letters all the time."

Nelson projected she will have approximately $3,500 in funding for next year. She asked the council to help with the remainder of the costs.

"We alone can’t bring up the more than $11,000," she said.

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