The Perry Lutheran Homes was granted a license this week by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA), clearing the way for the Wednesday Senior Fellowship meals to resume at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the McCreary Community Building in Perry.
As the new partnership began between the city of Perry and Perry Lutheran Homes in September, it appeared the Wednesday Fellowship service could be added to the food establishment license that was currently held for the Perry Lutheran Homes’ Spring Valley Retirement Community building.
As discussions progressed and further details emerged, however, it became apparent that a separate license was needed. The license application for approval has been in the hands of the DIA since mid-September, with approval now granted.
More than 40 percent of people age 65 and over regularly experience loneliness, according to a University of California, San Francisco study. These feelings of separation, disconnection and isolation lead to serious health problems, such as depression and dementia as well as in increased likelihood of death.
The Wednesday Fellowship meal program is just one way that the community of Perry, together with Perry Lutheran Homes, is SteppingUp to help meet the needs and combat loneliness in our elder citizens.
“The weekly fellowship and meal time together is important to so many seniors in Perry,” said Paery Mayor John Andorf. “We are grateful for the staff at Perry Lutheran Homes for their support in helping this continue.”
The senior fellowship meal is for community members age 50 and above and will take place every Wednesday at noon starting Wednesday, Dec. 4 through spring. For just $5, attendees enjoy a full meal, including drink and dessert, as well as fellowship with friends and neighbors. Those interested may call the McCreary Community Building to make a reservation at 515-465-5621.
Mollie Clark is the marketing director of the Perry Lutheran Homes.