COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - An updated and reorganized lunch program which started this week at the Burnside Senior Center in Coldwater is still being fine-tuned. The collaboration between the Branch County Commission on Aging and its new congregate meal partner, Community Action, will become fully operational early next month. Commission on Aging Executive Director Amy Duff told Branch County Commissioners Tuesday that while the C-O-A is designed to serve those 50 and over, congregate meals are federally funded for those sixty and over, so they will be coming up with a suggested donation price for the meals for the 50-to-59 age group with the details of that rate still being ironed out) The current rate is $3.75 with the new rate next month for the updated program to be set at $2.75. Duff also said they will no longer be aiming to serve the public at large, something that the hot meal lunches at the Burnside Center were advertised to be in the past and now will be aimed at Branch County seniors only.
Community Action this week began to provide meals under a catering agreement to the Burnside Center, which is located on Michigan Avenue only about a half-mile to the south of the C-A location and the catering will continue until they complete their lunch program move to the Commission on Aging Center in April.