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July 4, 2014

Delta Nutrition hosts 4th of July celebration

DUNCAN — The Delta Nutrition Center celebrated the Fourth of July with patriotically-colored cake and homemade ice cream Thursday.

Delta Nutrition Program North Site Manager Deborah Hunter stayed on her feet, serving barbecue sandwiches with potato salad and cole slaw. Cake and homemade vanilla, strawberry, banana or butterfinger ice cream were served for dessert during the indoor picnic.

The Delta Nutrition Program, a division of Delta Community Action, provides nutrition benefits to seniors in Stephens, McClain, Grady, Caddo, Comanche, Jefferson, Cotton and Tillman Counties.

Hunter said  approximately 105 people attended the indoor picnic, up from about 70 who attended events when she came back to Delta as the site manager in April.

“We’re trying to do more fun things,” she said. “It gets everyone together and brings in people that normally wouldn’t be here.”

Volunteer Hester Blair said she’s volunteered with the center for about 20 years and was happy with the large crowd.

“There are about 105 people here,” Blair said. “This is more than we’ve had in a long time.”

Since starting back, Hunter said she’s re-started monthly birthday celebrations.

Jowel Bogle attended the event and said he enjoyed the food and socializing.

“The fellowship and ice cream are my favorite part,” Bogle said.

He said he plans to celebrate the holiday with family in Oklahoma City.

Haljean Gillispie, who serves on the Oklahoma Silver Haired Legislature, attended the event and addressed the crowd about her term being extended.

The Silver Haired Legislature educates aging Oklahoma residents about the legislative process and advocate for their needs at the state capitol.

Gillispie said she’s served the Stephens County area on the legislature for six years.

Edna Keele, a retired Delta employee who worked with Hunter when she previously worked for Delta, attended the event and said she’s seen Delta grow from two sites to about 32 now.

“Our main job is to provide a hot meal,” Hunter said. “As they get older, they don’t cook as much, so they can come here and get a balanced meal.”

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