Senator Rose also added, “ I appreciate the Department conducting its special investigation into this matter in response to these calls for an outside review. Having seen the lengthy report from this process, it is easy to understand why the Department is taking the action that it is.”
“I am very happy that the Illinois Department on Aging has overturned the decision to change senior nutrition services in East Central Illinois to a frozen meal program,” said State Representative Adam Brown. “Peace Meals will continue to provide hot meals to seniors after October 1st. Thank you to all the seniors, caregivers, community members, service providers and legislators who made this happen.”
“We’re very excited they decided to continue with hot meals. Senator Rose was extremely instrumental in helping us with the Department on Aging,” said Shelby County Senior Center director MaryBeth Massey.
“We were looking for another way to continue on our own locally. We had plans in place to continue hot meals.” she said.
Massey added that there will be a volunteer at the homes once a day to check on Peace Meal recipients. “The welfare checks on people is more important than the hot meals. I don’t think frozen meals will be in Shelby County’s future.”
Rose also noted the value of the work of the volunteers who deliver the meals.
“There were are two things to consider,” Rose said. “One, the CRIS program wouldn’t be ready by October 1, but more important the loss of personal contact would be felt. For some people that is the only contact they have that day. It’s important to maintain that physical contact to check on a person’s well being. To think one of your peace meal workers saved one of your citizens recently shows the importance of that contact.”