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Jan Schultz | Johnson Publications

Dona June Ekart and husband Jack were among those who are taking advantage of the drive-up option residents have for noon meals through the Imperial Community Center. On Monday, Center Director Laura Barton hands them their meals in the parking lot.

Imperial Community Center offering drive-up service

Ever concerned about the senior population, the Imperial Community Center (ICC) has expanded its noon meal program to a drive-up service.

Dave Bauerle, ICC board chairman, said the center continues to deliver Meals on Wheels to homes as before, but residents 60 and older and those among the at-risk population (those with underlying health conditions) can also take advantage of a drive-up option now.

Lunches are ready about 11:30 a.m. each weekday for parking lot pickup.

Seniors and those with underlying health issues who are interested in the drive-up option just need to call the center before 9:30 a.m. that morning to reserve meals.

The center’s phone number is 308-882-5343.

A suggested donation of $6 per meal is asked of those 60 and older, he said.

“We are really targeting the elderly in our community” with the drive-up option, Bauerle said.

Citing the stay-at-home message being driven by state and federal authorities, he added, “We don’t want them going into stores and being out” and possibly get exposed.

Bauerle said they expect the drive-up numbers to grow. 

“If we get a positive COVID-19 case in the community,  we’ll highly encourage those using the drive-up option now to stay home and go on the home delivery list,” he said.

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Imperial, NE 69033