Senior center to distribute USDA commodities; additional events listed

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By Sandy Smith Special to the News sunflowersenior28@yahoo.com

Sunflower Senior Center is honored to offer CSFP commodity program to Stafford County. What is CSFP?

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of low-income elderly persons at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA Foods. CSFP food packages do not provide a complete diet, but rather a good sources of the nutrients typically lacking in the diets of the beneficiary population. An agreement between United Methodist Open Door, Inc. and Sunflower Senior Center in St. John, Ks (Stafford County) has been entered into to enroll clients and distribute commodity program foods.

The procedure for each person enrolling includes a completed application, proof of birth date (driver’s license), proof of gross income (Social Security current benefit statement) and proof of residence (something that has been mailed to your address). This program covers all eligible in Stafford County. Transportation to pick up the commodities is the responsibility of the client.

South West Kansas Area Agency on Aging (SWKAAA) was host for the Senior/Boomer Expo on April 21, 2022 at the Dodge City Civic Center. “Age My Way” was the theme for this year’s expo. Sunflower Senior Center had many in attendance.

April BINGO will be on the 27th on 1:30 p.m. Remember to bring a candy bar to play the games. Prizes and snacks are provided.

The Monthly Pot Luck Supper for the Center will be May 2, 2022, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Our program will be Sister Paulynn Instenes, who will share “Lessons I Learned from my Students” while teaching in many locations including Wisconsin, Guam, Mississippi, Zimbabwe, Africa and Kansas. All seniors are invited to bring a “covered dish” to share with the meal and enjoy our speaker’s incite on teaching. Please call Sandy Smith if you plan to attend.

Our regular schedule of events include Coffee & Conversation every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m., Keep It Moving Class on Monday and Thursday at 10 a.m., Toe Nail Care 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. and Blood Pressure Clinic monthly on 1st Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Afternoon activities includes Rummykub and Pitch Games plus BINGO on the last Wednesday each month. The Senior Center is open from 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Friday.

For questions about the Center activities, scheduling meals, appointments and reservations, please call Sandy Smith at 620-549- 3403.