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Voluntary Action Center closing three senior dining sites over coronavirus concerns

The Voluntary Action Center of DeKalb County will close its congregate meal service starting Thursday because of concern about COVID-19, or coronavirus, according to a Voluntary Action Center news release.

There are three senior luncheon sites throughout DeKalb County, according to the Voluntary Action Center of DeKalb County website. Two of the sites that will close these services, DeKalb Community Center, 330 Grove St., and Taylor Street Plaza, 507 E. Taylor St., are in DeKalb. The other site is the Voluntary Action Center office at Fox Valley Older Adult Services, 1406 Suydam Rd., Sandwich.

The Illinois Department on Aging directed Voluntary Action Center, which serves meals to senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, and the home-bound throughout the county, to close the sites.

“Illinois older adults are among the highest risk population for becoming seriously ill from COVID-19,” the release states. “Locations where seniors gather may cause an increased risk of transmission of COVID-19.”

The service will remain closed until further notice.

Meals on Wheels service will continue as usual for existing patrons. For those who attend the center’s meal sites, while the dining room is closed, Voluntary Action Center will continue to offer meals for pick up as “Carry-out only.”

For those unable to travel to a congregate site for a carry-out meal, other temporary meal delivery options may be requested based on need and availability, the release states.

To request a meal in, patrons are asked to call their local nutrition office at the following numbers.

• Taylor Street Plaza, 507 E. Taylor St., DeKalb – 815-758-3932

• Fox Valley Community Service, 1406 Suydam Rd., Sandwich – 815-787-6219

• Voluntary Action Center, 1840 St. Vincent Ave., LaSalle – 815-883-3630

• Fornof Manor, 606 E. Morrell St., Streator – 815-672-7352

• Ravlin Center, 400 E. Washington St., Ottawa – 815-434-0110

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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