Meals on Wheels Firstenburg dining room to close

first_imgMeals on Wheels People will close its Firstenburg dining room and delivery services at the end of June because not enough people show up for lunch.The number of people age 60 and older dining at the Firstenburg Community Center in the Fircrest neighborhood has dwindled over the last few years, said Julie Piper-Finley, the nonprofit’s director of marketing. The dining room at 700 N.E. 136th Ave., averages 14 to 15 clients each weekday, and about 140 people get meals delivered from that location. It costs $317,751 annually.“It just didn’t make financial sense to do that,” Piper-Finley said. “We weren’t being good stewards of our donors’ money by keeping that location open.”By comparison, hundreds of people get lunch every weekday at the Luepke Community Center location, a hub for senior services. Clients disrupted by the closure will have the option of dining at Luepke, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., or getting home-delivered meals that are made in the Luepke kitchen. There are also five other Clark County sites.The closure will be discussed during a meeting at noon Monday at the Firstenburg Community Center.Some of the drop in attendance could be attributed to parking issues at the community center. Meals on Wheels services began before the neighboring Cascade Park Community Library was constructed.last_img read more