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December 30, 2013

Fewer seniors dine at Essex County meal sites

ELIZABETHTOWN — Attendance is down at some Essex County Nutrition Program for the Elderly meal sites but so far hasn’t reached critical numbers.

The 14 sites around the county serve hot meals cooked by Adirondack Community Action Programs of Elizabethtown, and a few less people are eating at many sites, County Office for the Aging Director Patty Bashaw told the County Board of Supervisors recently.

“We are seeing a drop in numbers at the sites. We’re trying to work with the Nutrition Program to find a way to alleviate that.”

She did not have exact numbers for the diminished attendance, but Bashaw said some reasons could be that people around age 65 are still working, while people at the high end in age could be passing on, resulting in fewer diners at the meal locations around the county.

Board of Supervisors Chair Randy Douglas (D-Jay) praised Bashaw for her work with the Nutrition Program her office supervises.

“You do a great job,” he said.

Supervisor Sue Montgomery Corey (D-Minerva) said there was a renovation upgrade to their meal site in Minerva that has sparked higher attendance.

“We get 30 to 40 people at our dinner meals. We have a packed house for the dinner meals.”

In winter, though, some seniors are in Florida, she said.

Some of the sites serve just lunch or dinner, while others offer both meals on various schedules. A list is available at www.co.essex.ny.us/downloads/seniorcenters.pdf.

Supervisor Margaret Bartley (D-Elizabethtown) suggested they try to attract more baby boomers to eat at the Nutrition Program sites.

“It’s hard for the baby boomers to think they’re seniors. We need a rock-and-roll night.”

Email Lohr McKinstry:lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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