Dave Judson handing food to a senior citizen in the drive through

Senior Center offers meals and calls to seniors during coronavirus

Posted March 18, 2020 in Community Alert by Anna Subler

As seniors find themselves home-bound, Hilliard Recreation and Parks employees hope to help with carry-out meals and a Kind Care Call program. 

More than 60 St. Patrick’s Day meals were provided to Hilliard seniors today by Recreation and Parks employees.

“The point of these lunches extends farther than just feeding our seniors; it’s to provide them with some normalcy during such an unpredictable time,” said Dave Judson. “It’s going to be difficult for many who come to the senior center often for socialization.”

The Hilliard Senior Center typically hosts multiple lunches a week, along with classes and activities for its members. Due to coronavirus, the senior center has closed until April 15. 

“Our daily lunch program is one of our most successful senior programs, it not only provides a place to socialize, but it also may be the only hot meal a senior gets that day,” said Judson.

Carry-out meals are available to all City and school district eligible seniors during the COVID-19 shutdown. Just pull up to the front door under the awning and get your meals without leaving your car. Carryout will be available Tuesdays through Thursdays (and many Fridays). Additional meals have been added for Friday, March 20 and Monday, March 23.

Seniors should call 614-876-0747 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. the day before pick-up to schedule a carryout. Cost is $5 and menus are available to download.

In addition to meals, the City will be providing seniors with a Kind Care Call program to check on their safety, health, and general well-being. 

Judson said he believes many will utilize the calls as time goes on. He encourages the community to check on their neighbors – especially those who are elderly. 

City staff will call seniors on scheduled days. Please call (614) 876-0747 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays to schedule a Kind Care Call.