Two are bidding for senior home meals, congregate home meal program

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COLDWATER — Five years after the Community Action Agency congregate meals program was forced out of the Commission on Aging Burnside Center in 2017, the two agencies are competing for funds to provide congregate meals and home-delivered meals for senior citizens in Branch County.

Both have requested to become the official service provided under grants received by the Branch-St. Joseph Area Agency on Aging IIIC. There is $144,813 for home-delivered meals and $48,533 set aside for congregate meals.

A congregate meal is a nutritious hot meal provided at least once a day to an eligible participant at a nutrition site, senior center or other group setting. The meals provide older adults with positive social contacts with other seniors at the meal sites.

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency board will decide Thursday who will receive the contract for the services. The program committee recommended no change in provider from the Community Action Agency in Battle Creek after reviewing significant differences in the proposal.

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