She serves meals to 180 people four days a week, keeps a sense of humor, and befriends all who come to the Pike Nutrition Center, aka Pike Pioneers.
Many people in Pike County have tasted the meals prepared by Diane Redd, coordinator of Pike Nutrition Center operated by Pike County Council on Aging, Inc.
The name of this organization is misleading as residents of all ages can take advantage of the home-cooked meals. Some meals are served at 521 Georgia Street in Louisiana, and some are served at Pike Pioneer Nutrition, 510 West Champ Clark, Bowling Green.
Depending on the circumstances, meals can be delivered to homes in Clarksville, Louisiana, Bowling Green, Paynesville, Frankford, and Eolia, as well as rural locations along the way.
These delivery routes cover from 12 to 68 miles per day. The center with Diane Redd at its helm has also operated Operation Food Search this summer and worked with the YMCA to provide meals during summer programs.
Pike County Council on Aging, Inc. (PCCOA) is a board run 501(c) (3) non profit. The purpose of PCCOA is to prepare, serve and deliver healthy balanced meals to seniors and disabled residents of Pike County.
Both the Louisiana and Bowling Green sites have a daily lunch meal for diners to enjoy for a contribution of $4 per meal.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, nutritious lunches are served for seniors and anyone who might like to get out and share some conversation over a noon time meal. Weekly menus can be found in area newspapers.
All this service and good food needs financial support. The United Fund of Calumet Township is one of the organizations that provides this support. Its main fund raiser is the Annual Ice Cream Social which will be held on Aug. 30 from 4 p.m.– 6 p.m. at the Clarksville Apple Shed on Highway 79.
This year the ice cream flavors include blackberry, strawberry, pineapple, chocolate, vanilla, burnt caramel, Heath Bar, and banana.
There will also be many home-made cakes and pies for everyone to enjoy while enjoying the musical talent of the Clopton Alumni Choir directed by Judy Allwood. Help support the organization that supports your community.
The United Fund of Calumet is not associated with the national United Way organization and 100% of funds are distributed locally.