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Grant County seniors to get free meals in March
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Anyone who has considered attending a Grant County senior dining site may be in need of home delivered meals can try them out for free in March.

In recognition of National Nutrition Month, the Ray and Kay Eckstein Charitable Trust is providing the suggested participant contribution for all seniors 60 and older receiving meals at any Grant County Senior Dining Site or receiving Grant County Meals on Wheels during the month of March.

The Elderly Nutrition Program, authorized under the Older Americans Act, is intended to improve the nutrition of participants and to afford them opportunities to form new friendships and create informal support networks.

The Aging and Disability Resource Center runs the Elderly Nutrition Program in Grant County and operates 12 senior dining sites throughout the county. These sites are available to all seniors 60 or older and their spouses, regardless of age.

The ADRC also operates a Meals on Wheels program that provides home-delivered meals to participants 60 and older who meet the eligibility requirements of being “homebound” and not being able to attend a dining site. Frozen meals are also available at some sites. Each meal provides one-third of the daily nutrition requirements needed for an adult.

The suggested participant contribution cost for each meal is $3.50, however, no senior is turned away for inability to pay. All contributions remain confidential.

Reservations are requested 24 hours in advance. Contact the ADRC–Grant County, 1-800-514-0066 or 723-6113 for dining site information or to get more information on Meals on Wheels.

The Ray and Eckstein Charitable Trust has provided long-term support for the Elderly Nutrition Program in Grant County.

“The rising cost of gas and food is creating a lot of people in need; and we are thrilled to be able to provide support where it is really needed,” said Ray Eckstein.

Grant County is the long-time home of the Ecksteins. The Ray and Kay Eckstein Charitable Trust is a private foundation established to support charitable, educational, scientific, religious, and literary purposes by providing grants to public charities and Catholic affiliated organizations.