Senior Hot Meal Program Impacted During Government Shutdown
UNDATED - The impending Minnesota state government shut-down could affect dining options for senior citizens in Central Minnesota starting Friday.
Renae Sternke is the Chief Financial Officer for Catholic Charities in St. Cloud. Her organization runs both the Senior Dining and Meals on Wheels programs.
She says until a judge rules on which services are considered essential, everything is still up in the air. However, Governor Mark Dayton has recommended the Meals On Wheels program keep operating, while the senior dining sites shut down.
Sternke says they serve about 1,200 meals a day at about 45 dining sites throughout Central Minnesota.
Sternke says both programs use state dollars to help supplement the operation.