The Monroe City Nutrition Center has recently seen a drastic decrease in their daily congregate crowd over the past few months. Administrator Diane Hendrix is seeking the public’s input on this matter.
Hendrix stated, “Related to the decrease in attendance and funding cuts, it is leaving the Center with the task of deciding if changes need to be implemented.” The Monroe City location is currently the only senior center in north east Missouri open six days a week.
Hendrix explains being torn on making the decision to close on Saturdays. By closing the Center on Saturdays, it would save money on overhead and staffing costs. Being closed would also allow the utilization of the facilities for building rental, catering, special fundraising dinners and monthly cleaning and maintenance. Unfortunately, if closed on Saturday, there would be not hot meal for delivery. Each person who receives meals would receive a cold meal on Friday for Saturday. Those who normally dine in on Saturdays would have to make alternate lunch plans and for those civic organizations who deliver on Saturdays, other opportunities for them would need to be developed at the Center.
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