Volunteers give many hours to their communities to help improve the quality of life for their citizens. Those who helped this past year with the Semcac Senior Dining Program, Meals on Wheels, and RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program), from Spring Grove, as well as senior dining participants, were recognized Oct. 23.

For the 54 who attended, the roast beef meal was prepared by Sandy Moger of Caledonia, who plans and prepares the Semcac dining meals from the kitchen of the United Methodist Church in Caledonia for the dining sites in the area. Kent Larson of Stewartville provided entertainment.

For 41 years, the Senior Dining program in Spring Grove has been providing meals and dining options to nourish the body and spirit. Kris Olson is the Spring Grove dining site manager.

“Thanks to all who volunteer. If it wasn’t for you people we wouldn’t have the program,” stated Carolyn Freese, program assistant for the Semcac Senior Nutrition Program. “Those of you who come to eat are encouraged to bring friends and neighbors. Tell them about the good meals and how much fun you have,” she continued, adding, “You have a nice place to have the meals.”

“We serve an average of about eight congregate meals and about 15 Meals on Wheels are delivered,” reported Olson.

The Spring Grove dining site, as well as others in the area, is always in need of more congregate diners to keep the program viable. Any age can participate. Eligible diners, age 60 and over, pay a suggested donation of $3.50, while under age 60 pay full price of $6. And, there is always the need of more volunteers for both Senior Nutrition and RSVP programs.

About Semcac

The mission of the Southeast Minnesota Community Action Council is to assist people to achieve or maintain independence and self-reliance through their own and community resources.

Anyone with suggestions, comments, or complaints about the various Semcac programs, or those interested in volunteering should contact their community’s Semcac senior dining site (Spring Grove between 9:30 and noon, Monday through Friday, at 498-3385), or Blanche Hollerud, the regional coordinator for the Semcac Senior Nutrition Program, at (507) 440-0166