The East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging will be the new provider for the senior congregate and home-delivered nutrition program as of October 1, 2018 in Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, Linn, Miami and Osage Counties. All senior meals will now be prepared and served through the East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging Nutrition Program. The area agency on aging was excited to be able to continue to serve meals out of the central kitchen in Ottawa. ECKAAA was able to purchase the central kitchen in Ottawa with the help of a generous donation by the Goppert Foundation of $100,000. Their generosity was vital to the purchase of the building which helps keep the program intact for food preparation and delivery.
Two new staff were hired to oversee the program. Pat Watson, Lane, has been hired as Food Service Coordinator and will oversee the kitchen and delivery personnel. Jodi Smith, Ottawa, has been hired as the Nutrition Site Coordinator and will oversee the 24 congregate sites that package and serve the 750 meals each day in the six counties.
The area agency on aging feels very lucky to have these two women on board to manage the new program as they have extensive knowledge and a passion for the program. Watson was the Food Service Coordinator for almost 20 years with Mid-America Nutrition Program and Smith interned with Mid-America Nutrition Program in college and was a case manager for ECKAAA for over 10 years. ECKAAA feels very fortunate that these two key staff people have a history with the program and a familiarity with the people in the area served. In addition, the kitchen, food van delivery drivers and congregate site managers employed by the former program will now be employees of ECKAAANP and are key to helping ensure meals will continue to be served at congregate sites and through home- delivered meals without interruption.
For information or questions please call ECKAAA at 785-242-7200 or 1-800-633-5621, Monday-Friday, 8:00-5:00PM.
East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging is dedicated to coordinate and provide varied programs and services to older persons and caregivers in order to improve the quality of life and celebrate their independence, health and dignity of all older Kansans. Our best services are those that empower people to discover their own strengths, their own talents, and their own solutions. The area agency on aging has the responsibility to advocate for services that respond to the needs of the most frail, vulnerable elderly. When funding falls short, volunteers fill in the gap to meet necessary needs. Guided by the leadership and commitment of the agency's Advisory Council and Policy Board, East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging will continue to provide support and find solutions for older Kansans and their families in need.
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The East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging will serve as the single, highly accessible, point of entry for people of all ages, abilities, and income levels and their caregivers living in Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, Linn, Miami, and Osage counties that are seeking help in maintaining their health, independence, and dignity. In pursuit of healthy lifestyles and dignified self-sufficiency, the East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging will empower Kansans to make informed choices about their services and supports and help to coordinate and provide varied programs and services paid by federal, state, and local dollars, as well as, client contributions and co-pays, and other grant/contract sources.