Senior center close to hitting meal milestone

Meal deliveries for the Grand Forks Senior Center are up 19% from last year, according to Public Relations Manager Jami Schumacher.

A volunteer with the Grand Forks Senior Center hands out a bag with a meal to a hungry senior in this photo from December 2020. WDAY file photo
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GRAND FORKS — The Grand Forks Senior Center will soon hit a meal milestone during the pandemic.

They're getting closer to serving over 100,000 meals to hungry seniors in need since the pandemic started in mid-March.

This includes the drive-thru Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts, which accounted for over 1,600 of those meals.

Jami Schumacher, the center's public relations manager, said while the main concern is getting the meals to seniors, especially out in rural areas, the amount of deliveries and drive-thru pickups is an added bonus.


"It was only when my coworker gave me the end of December numbers that we were like, 'Hey, we're going to be coming up on this 100,000-meal mark! Let's figure out when that's going to happen,'" she said.

Schumacher added she and other staff members and volunteers are happy to fill the increased need, while still keeping a personal connection with the seniors.

"Even though our volunteers are always masked, even though our staff is always masked, when people are coming here for the drive-thru, we have our eyes, we have our voices to use," she said.

Schumacher thinks the Senior Center will hit the 100,000-meal mark by the week of Monday, Feb. 8.

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Tanner Robinson is a producer for First News on WDAY-TV.
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