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Curb-side service
Carry-out Friendship Meals very popular
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A patron receives a drive-through Friendship Meal Thursday morning at the Great Bend Senior Center. The center has served between 50-80 of the fresh meals Mondays through Fridays since mid March after COVID-19 forced the closure of dine-in meals. - photo by DALE HOGG Great Bend Tribune

Since the middle of March, between 50-80 Great Bend residents have received daily hot delivered fresh to them through their vehicle windows.

About two months ago, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of dine-in Friendship Meals at the Great Bend Senior Center. But this didn’t stop the facility from serving, said center Director Brenda Lebbin.

“We will keep doing this until we can reopen our dining room,” she said. “People just need to call in and make an appointment.”

The center offers both the hot meals and frozen meals for the carry-out service, and the menus are the same, she said. The offering will be the same as would have been provided for dine-in eating.

And, Lebbin said, the cost will be the same. For those under 60 years of age, the price is $5.75, and for those 60 and older, it is a suggested price of $3.50.

“It just keeps growing,” she said. The meals are available between 11-11:30, and a long line of cars is a common site.

To place a meal order or for more information, call the center at 620-792-3906. It is located at 2005 Kansas Ave.


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People line up at the Great Bend Senior Center Thursday morning for drive-through Friendship Meals. - photo by DALE HOGG Great Bend Tribune