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What is a Senior Center?

The MARC-sponsored senior centers provide a comfortable place for older adults to share a meal, learn new skills, share their expertise and participate in activities. Centered on the needs and interests of the participants, those who attend find that each center has its own unique character and that no two days are quite the same!

With locations throughout Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte and Ray counties, the MARC senior centers serve as an important resource promoting good nutrition, healthy lifestyles, active socialization and community participation.

What are the meals like?

MARC’s appetizing menus are developed through a coordinated effort of the participants, a registered dietician, the caterers and MARC staff. Each meal is designed to provide at least one-third of the Daily Recommended Intakes (DRI’s) for essential nutrients.

Who is eligible to participate?

The MARC-sponsored senior centers provide services to any individual aged 60 years or older, as well as their eligible spouses. Limited services may be available to those who are aged 18-59 and disabled. Contact your local senior center for more information.
 
The services are provided at no set cost to an eligible participant. Eligible participants are encouraged, however, to make voluntary contributions toward the cost of the meals they receive. Ineligible participants (those under the age of 60 and not disabled) will be required to pay the actual cost for any meal they receive.
For more information on contributions to the MARC senior center program, please visit our Adopt-A-Senior page to see how you can help!

What about home-delivered meals?

For some older adults, attending a senior center is impossible due to physical or cognitive limitations. For these individuals, home-delivered meals may be an alternative way to help meet their nutritional needs. The MARC Home-Delivered Meals Program delivers the same meal to homebound seniors as those attending the senior center meal.

In order to receive a home-delivered meal, the participant must be homebound, have no other means of receiving a meal, and be able to eat a regular diet. We do not provide diabetic, low sodium, pureed or other special diets.

At this time, many of our senior centers have a waiting list for the Home-Delivered Meals Program

For more information, contact the MARC Department of Aging Services at 816/421-4980.