State grant to help continue to feed seniors and shut-ins

Published 9:07 am Thursday, January 4, 2024

The Troup County Board of Commissioners has signed off on re-applying for a state grant that will continue to provide congregate and home delivered meals through the Active Life Senior Center.

On Tuesday, Parks & Recreations/The Active Life Center requested permission to submit a Request for Proposals (RFP) to the Three Rivers Area Agency on Aging’s Agency for grant funding that will pay for meals for older adults who qualify in Troup County.

Aging Services Manager Dan Wooten said they request the funding every four years. The current RFP will cover FY25 through FY28

Funding for federal and state grant funds flow through the Three Rivers Area Agency on Aging to the Active Life, Wooten said.

Troup County has participated as a community since the late 1970s. The Area Agency on Aging was formed through an amendment to the Older Americans Act in 1973.

“Troup County established that and built our senior centers. We started off on Dixie Street and then Pierce Street and then Ragland Street and then we also established the Hogansville center and the West Point center,” Wooten said.

The grants provide a significant amount of funding for the county’s senior centers with a very small cost match, Wooten said.

Wooten said the funding provided varies but they are estimating the county will receive at least $256,000. He said during COVID they received as high as $441,000.

On any given day about 250 or more individuals go through the LaGrange Active Life Center. The Hogansville and West Point Centers typically see 25 to 50 depending on the day of the week, he said. The LaGrange Active Life Center also serves meals to 120 to 130 homebound seniors throughout the county.

The LaGrange kitchen also prepares meals for the Greenville Senior Center, which they pay for.

The submission of RFP was unanimously approved 3-0, with Councilman Lewis Davis absent due to illness.