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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

City of Ocala seeks funding for Meals on Wheels service

The City of Ocala is seeking an agreement that would fund a Meals on Wheels service for qualified residents within the city limits.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city devoted a little over $690,000 in Community Development Block Grant Funding to be used for eligible activities.

According to city records, one of the listed objectives of the grant is to deliver meals to quarantined individuals or individuals that need to maintain social distancing due to medical vulnerabilities.

A proposed agreement with Marion Senior Services, LLC will be presented as part of the consent agenda during the Ocala City Council’s regular meeting on Tuesday, December 21.

Under the agreement, the city would issue a payment of up to $70,000 from the grant funds to Marion Senior Services, and the company would provide a Meals on Wheels service for qualified local residents.

Marion Senior Services assists the elderly, disabled, and disadvantaged residents of Marion County to help them maintain their independence.

The company delivers meals to seniors ages 60 and over who are frail and homebound, and to adults under the age of 60 who are recovering from an illness and need meals on a temporary basis.

City staff is recommending approval of the agreement with Marion Senior Services, and the council members will vote on whether or not to approve this agenda item during Tuesday’s meeting.

The Ocala City Council meets at 5 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month at the Ocala City Hall located at 110 SE Watula Avenue.