No change in Golden Circle lunches at Westside Center with Silver Key now managing
In the federally funded program, hot lunches are cooked in the kitchen at the Acacia Hotel downtown, then delivered to numerous locations around the city, including the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St.
A room is set aside at the center for the meals, which are served Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to noon. A donation of $2.25 is requested, but people are allowed to pay what they can.
Silver Key is a Westside-based program provider for people ages 60 and over. Its current nutrition programs include Meals on Wheels, two federal food assistance programs, a pantry program and an emergency pantry. With the addition of Golden Circle, Silver Key will now be able to provide nutrition services where people gather together, according to a press release.
The agency plans no changes to Golden Circle at this time, the release adds.
At the Westside Community Center, an average of about 25 seniors a day eat Golden Circle meals together, according to Shirley Cherry, who participates and volunteers. “I really enjoy going there myself,” she said. “It's more of a social place than a place to get a meal. It's like a family.”
A meal needs to be reserved in advance. This is done by contacting the Westside Community Center no later than 2 p.m. the day before, according to Tracie Dear, a center employee who coordinates the activity.
Her only request is that those reserving meals make sure to come and eat. Under federal guidelines, the meals can only go to seniors, which means that untaken food must be thrown out, she elaborated.
City-wide in 2014, Golden Circle provided meals to approximately 2,100 seniors, the release states. The Housing Authority has managed the program since 1975.
“Bringing Golden Circle under the Silver Key umbrella allows us to consolidate kitchen staff and serve more seniors,” said Patricia Ellis, Silver Key CEO, in a prepared statement. “We continue to see need increasing while resources are decreasing, so it's important to eliminate duplication of sevices while continuing to provide a quality product.”
For more information about Golden Circle at the Westside Center, call 385-7920 x100. For Silver Key information, call 884-2300.
Westside Pioneer/press release