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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Old Gold Diner

Wow, what a year The Old Gold Diner is having. Many thanks to the City of Solon, The Solon Retirement Village and generous donations from members of the community. Since starting to receive meals from the Solon Retirement Village Jan. 2 this year, Old Gold Diner has been able to serve over 7,000 meals to seniors and others, in their homes or at the Solon Methodist Church where those who want to dine with friends and neighbors are hosted. Of those meals, 10 percent were meals that went to people in need of nutritional meals and unable to afford them. The Solon community is lucky to have kept the program as so many small sites had been cut. With continued support, 2015 will be even bigger and better.
Also, thanks to the Solon Senior Advocates. The Advocates have found sponsors over the years for a meal once a month, as well as many years of additional support.
Thanks to the Solon United Methodist Church for providing a handicapped accessible place to meet and staff always ready to assist. Thanks to St. Mary Catholic Church for its continued assistance over the years. There are numerous volunteers who give their time to keep daily tasks in tow. There are too many tasks for one person to do alone. Drivers who deliver meals are sometimes the only person folks may see for the day. Thanks to the volunteers who sit on (or did sit on) the site council that oversees the program and gives much-needed advice and support. Last and certainly not least, thanks to the people at the Solon Economist and North Johnson County. You don’t have to read much of the paper each week or month to see how much this little giant of a newspaper does for the whole community.
As a reminder, any age person can eat at the Old Gold Diner as we no longer receive funds from the county, state or federal government which restrict the age (children accompanied by an adult). The cost is $3.25 per meal, served Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. You only need call by 1 p.m. the day before (1 p.m. Friday for Monday) to make a reservation. There are numerous activities throughout the month, watch for a listing in the Economist and the monthly newsletter, which also includes the menu.
Thanks again for everyone’s support!
Site Manager,
Duane McAtee