COA issues annual meals report

Sixteen St. Joseph County restaurants were paid more than $193,000 last fiscal year for nearly 30,000 meals they served to senior citizens participating in a Commission on Aging-sponsored nutrition program.
The restaurant program served nearly 1,800 clients last fiscal year and is one part of the COA’s efforts to offer nutrition services to St. Joseph County’s 60-and older population.
The Country Table, of White Pigeon, had the largest participation, earning $50,446 last fiscal year for serving 7,761 senior meals. Four other county eateries collected reimbursements of more than $10,000.
Katie Hughes, COA nutrition director, said seniors can obtain up to five tickets monthly, each good for one eligible meal at a participating restaurant.
The COA recommends a donation of $3.75 per coupon, but participants pay what they feel they can afford for each ticket.
The tickets are good for up to 12 months and can be used at any of the 16 privately-owned restaurants that have agreed to provide meals that meet state and federal nutrition standards and good sanitation standards. The restaurants are reimbursed $6.50 for each ticket redeemed at their establishments.

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