Thursday, Feb. 17, center administrator Pam Simpson accepted a check from Ozark Independent Living (OIL) in West Plains to use toward buying a stove and other kitchen appliances. The center also recently applied for a Rural Development Grant to help toward the purchases.
Simpson said Oregon County seniors greatly benefit from the meal program provided by the center.
"In January, we distributed a total of 5,688 meals," Simpson said. "These included meals served at the center, as well as homebound meals."
The center delivers meals throughout about half of the county. The program is partially funded by the Southwest Missouri Office on Aging through the Older American Act.
OIL Executive Director Cindy Moore said the agency is eager to help the disabled and elderly.
"It is a privilege for our agency to provide assistance to the center because many senior citizens benefit from the meal program, of whom several are disabled," Moore said. "Helping the disabled stay independent is one of our goals, and OIL is proud to be part of such a beneficial cause."
OIL is a resource center for anyone with a disability. For more information on services, call Anniece for consumer directer services or Rhonda for independent living services at 417-257-0038 or 888-440-7500. OIL office hours at 109 Aid Ave. in West Plains are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.