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Long seniors enjoy meals, companionship
MR senior lunch program
Some seniors in the area struggle to eat one good meal daily. But in Long County, seniors age 60 and older can get a hot, hearty meal every day at the Long County Senior Center on Thornton Drive.
 “The food is really good, and we have chicken and dumplings, fried fish, baked chicken, hamburgers — just about anything we want, they serve for us,” said Joyce Williams of the center’s meal program, which provides hot food daily for seniors who come into the facility for lunch.
In addition to providing meals at the center, the program’s facilitators make sure meals are delivered to seniors who are unable to leave their homes.
 “We usually serve about forty meals at the center, and then there are about seventy delivered to homes,” director Tina McFann said.
According to McFann, meal recipients must be at least 60 years old and live in Long County.  McFann said that donations are taken for the meals, and most of the seniors donate a dollar.
 “We just have a good time down here. I have my family-family, my church-family, and my senior-family,” said Mildred Golden, who has been coming to the center for ten years.
 “One of the good things about the meal program is that if someone can’t drive here, they can be picked up at no charge and someone will bring them here to eat and then take them home,” Golden said.
Williams praised McFann’s efforts since she took over as director of the senior center.
“We’ve had four directors, but Tina has been the best. She is a hometown girl who knows us and we know her. She is really good.”
In addition to the meal program, the center also plans field trips to places like the Jacksonville Zoo, Sappalo Island, and even a trip to pick strawberries.
The center also makes two trips a week to either the Wal-Mart in Hinesville or Jesup for seniors to shop and offers blood-pressure screenings twice weekly.
For more information on the Long County Senior Center, you can call 912-545-9508.

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