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Sam Atchley helps deliver curbside meals for seniors at the Nampa Senior Center, a service provided during the pandemic.

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When the pandemic shut down the Nampa Senior Center on March 13, 2020, Coordinator Sam Atchley went into crisis mode. How could the center get meals to the seniors who depended on it? “We’d been averaging about 150 a day for inside dining. We had an emergency meeting the next day to figure out what to do,” Atchley said.

And what came out of that meeting was a solution, of sorts, a way to feed the seniors who relied and depended on the center. “We started curbside dining,” Atchley said. “There were only 40 to 45 the first week. We’re doing about 112 meals now.”

Jeanne Huff is the community engagement editor for the Idaho Press. You can reach her at 208-465-8106 and follow her on Twitter @goodnewsgirl.

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