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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
With congregate dining shuttered last year to slow the spread of COVID-19, representatives with LifeCare Alliance had a novel idea: bring the meals to the people through drive-thru events hosted at popular locations for seniors. One such location was the E.L. Evans Senior Center in Grove City, which averages 75 meals served to clients at each event. “It’s a robust operation,” said Dedra Thompson, the dining coordinator at LCA and the senior center, as vehicles fluidly passed through the line. Those who come out to the center receive three meals (one hot and two cold) as it is only held every other week. Seated in this photo from left to right are friends Phil Smith, Freda Barclay, Kathleen Price and Agnes Klinko enjoying their meal at the shelter house behind the center on April 28. The members of the center, who are also on the volleyball and Wii bowling teams, said they often meet for lunch after these events. The next spring-drive thru will be held on May 12 and May 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Evans Senior Center, located at 4330 Dudley Avenue.
Evans Center employee Traci Burley prepares to pass a meal along to a client and accept a monetary donation even though their meals are free. Seniors can also access daily drive-thru meals free of charge at the LifeCare Alliance facility at 670 Harmon Avenue as well from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Interested parties are encouraged to call their customer service line at 614-278-3130 for more information.
Teri Ruslander, the elder services coordinator with the Grove City Police Department, helps bag up the meals. The menu on April 28 included a hot BBQ beef sandwich, a roast beef sandwich and a chicken salad with sides, including potato chips.

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