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Groups debate reasons Edmond nutrition site was closed

BY JOHN A. WILLIAMS Modified: November 12, 2009 at 4:57 am •  Published: November 12, 2009

/> Deaton said Hudman’s formula for choosing which programs will continue to be funded seems to favor home-bound meal programs and not the congregate meal sites like the one in Edmond.

Meal alternatives
Since the closing of the meal program at the Senior Center, Edmond seniors are encouraged to go to the MA Elderly Center at 1400 NW 115th in Oklahoma City.

Fourteen participants from Edmond are already going to that site and have said they like it, Hudman said.

Deaton said the Edmond Senior Center meals program does support seniors with low incomes, minorities and those at risk nutritionally.

"We served a sampling of all those people every day,” she said. We have people come through this building from Piedmont, Guthrie and Luther.”

Hudman said the response from Choctaw has been that city leaders have decided to "kick in money to keep the congregate site open.”

"The response at the Edmond site is totally different,” he said. "The Aging Services division of Human Service backs our plan and truly believes that we weren’t discriminating against Edmond.”

Deaton said she’s not worried about getting another meal program back.

"We will. It may not be the one that we had,” she said. "But we’ll just move forward.”

Monthly funding cuts at state agencies are expected to continue through June, the end of this fiscal year.