Monticello council suspends rent for senior nutrition program

Monticello council suspends rent for senior nutrition program

MONTICELLO — Monticello's senior nutrition program wants to continue serving hot lunches and has received help from the city council toward that effort.

Council members approved a request to suspend the program's $150-per-month rent at the Livingston Center.

Helen Lilly explained the local effort is parting ways with Peace Meal, which is opting to change vendors and use frozen meals beginning Oct. 1. The change would mean home-delivered meals coming twice a week instead of every weekday.

"We have opted not to go with this program," Lilly told the council. "To do this, we're going to need help from all the entities in the county to keep meals served, and keep visitations at five days a week to our seniors who receive meals."

One of the costs that will need to be picked up is that of a site supervisor, which is currently paid through the East Central Illinois Area on Aging's Peace Meal program.

When asked her opinion of forgoing rent, Director of Community Development Callie McFarland pointed out "it certainly is a well-utilized program."

The council voted 7-0 to suspend rent for six months, then re-examine the issue at that time.

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