MOUNT VERNON — Inclement weather closed The Station Break on Tuesday, but the senior citizens the center serves have plenty to eat at home, thanks to the shelf-to-table meals provided earlier this winter.
“At the end of December, sometimes in November, depending on the severity of the weather, we provide 10 meals,” said Kelly Dewitt-Lybarger, executive director of The Station Break. “These are meals that are good for up to six months and don’t require a can opener to open.”
The winter stock of foods include items such as tuna fish, lasagna, beef stew, and beans and wieners.
“We also offer frozen meals. They can have one per day and four for the weekend,” she said. “They can be cooked easily in the microwave or the oven.
“These foods have all the nutritional value of our home-cooked meals and meet the dietary requirements of our clients,” Dewitt-Lybarger said.
The Station Break serves 250 home-delivered meals throughout the county, and 50 to 60 meals onsite, she said.
In the event bad weather continues for several days in a row, Dewitt-Lybarger said she and her staff will reassess the situation and decide whether additional meals will be delivered.
“We will continue to process and watch if it gets bad. If it continues for five or six days, we will restock so they have plenty to eat until we re-open,” she said.
The Station Break runs on the same winter weather closing schedule as the Mount Vernon City School District.
“When the schools close, we close. It’s been set up that way for about 10 years,” she said.
When The Station Break closes for bad weather, it also suspends its transportation services.
“We just want to keep everyone safe, so we ask that they reschedule their appointments,” Dewitt-Lybarger said.