Lincoln County, Mo. - The Lincoln County Council on Aging was recently awarded $2,000 to fund improvements to the meals program, specifically focusing on health safety. 

Safe-Meals Matter will improve the health and safety of the meals LCCOA serves. LCCOA provides meals to residents, regardless of age, ability to pay or mobility on-site/congregate and home-delivered to the homebound. 

Our program is focused strictly where we live, work and play. Since 1978, our mission is to enrich the quality of life and support independence and vitality for the community at large. 

Since the pandemic, LCCOA has exponentially increased the number of meals served daily. For the past year our kitchen has had to use pans, plates and bowls, then wash them, use them again and again… all in one lunch period. Lincoln County Health Department Guidelines regarding disease prevention and general hygiene says air drying dishes and pans is safest. 

“It is best to leave dishes to air dry. Using a towel can spread bacteria from the tea towel onto the clean dishes.” Wash-Rinse-Sanitize-Air Dry.

Funds from the MFA Oil Foundation for ‘Safe-Meals Matter’ will purchase large kitchen pans, medium kitchen pans, small kitchen pans, small half-pans, small shallow-pans, commercial cookie sheets, cases of ceramic plates and cases of ceramic bowls. Funds will also be used to purchase vinyl, waterproof tablecloths for LCCOA’s dining tables. 

“The vinyl is easiest to disinfect and sanitize, helping prevent the spread of germs (viruses, bacteria, etc) for our congregate clients, volunteers and staff” said Growth Coordinator, Lindsey Kelley. “In addition, vinyl tablecloths are reusable, with an estimated lifespan of 10-plus years, and the flannel backing prevents slipping and sliding, making it safer for diners as well.” 

MFA Oil Senior Director of Employee Engagement  and Culture Tom May described the MFA Oil Foundation as “a program that allows our company to give support back to the rural communities that are the foundation of our business.” 

“The grants the Foundation awards help support many youth programs  and organizations  active in addressing and solving community problems and improving the quality of life,” May also said.