Senior center closed over COVID-19 concerns plans to continue serving meals

Posted at 7:27 AM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 08:27:11-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Don Bosco Center for Seniors plans to continue serving hot meals to clients despite closing their building over COVID-19 concerns.

The center, located at 580 Campbell St. in Kansas City, Missouri, closed on Monday, March 16. The closure means clients won't be able to socialize and eat meals inside.

Senior center director Anne Miller explained the meals are only for people who use the center. Seniors who are registered can still pick up meals to take home. Volunteers are taking meals to people who don't have transportation.

Miller added people stocking up on food and supplies should think of elderly neighbors who can't get items themselves.

"Pick up something for them, you might check with them first. Exchange phone numbers with your neighbors, so if they need something or you're going to the store, think of those folks who may be your neighbors who don't have transportation and pick things up for them to help them out," she said.

James Singleton is a senior citizen who volunteers at the center. He said the virus is on his mind, but he's taking precautions by washing his hands and practicing good hygiene.

"I just come here, then I go home and I stay home and I don't have to go out unless I go to the store or something, but then I just go right back in the house," Singleton said.

The volunteer added that during an uncertain time, he's doing his best to stay positive.

"I don't let it bring me down because you've got to be strong and just keep on going, keep on going," Singleton said.