I do recognize that the past several weeks have been difficult for many people. As a team, Community Action is trying to navigate through very rough circumstances and it has been a challenge for all of us. It is difficult because we have never witnessed what we are witnessing now. However, every challenge we have faced, we have been able to overcome.
During this time CATS Transportation has seen a decrease of around 85%. Even with this downturn, CATS Transportation was able to bring back their laid off employees to help clean vans, offices and the senior centers. We are also beginning to see a slight increase in runs.
Our Congregate Meals Program has done an excellent job dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic. This program serves a hot, nutritious lunch to seniors age 60 and over. On March 13th, 2020 the program served 142 meals in 8 locations. On April 14th, 2020 the program served 502. There has been a significant increase in meals requested since the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Director, Tancy Morris, has done an excellent job reaching out to seniors in our communities that we have not served in the past.
I would like to thank our team that is working so hard to keep things running during this trying time. As the world continues to deal with COVID-19, Community Action will as well. Our team is ready for the challenge to help those who cannot help themselves. More to come. Much more.