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Meals on Wheels center at Sonrise Church will be open Mondays through Thursdays for lunch

STAFF PHOTO: GEOFF PURSINGER - Hillsboro center for Meals on Wheels People serve a Thanksgiving meal to volunteers in 2018. The Hillsboro dining room will open four days a week starting in February, and increase the number of deliveries to homebound seniors.Hillsboro's Meals on Wheels center is expanding its hours.

Starting Monday, Feb. 4, the Meals on Wheels center at Sonrise Church, 6701 N.E. Campus Way, will be open for lunch four days each week, Mondays through Thursdays, and will return to delivering meals across the Hillsboro area four days a week.

The center cut down to two days last year after it moved from its former home in downtown Hillsboro to Sonrise Church. .

"The church uses their kitchen here, as well," said Gloria Cox, kitchen coordinator. "It was good practice (to limit deliveries and dining room operations) to see how we could work together and use the space together and not bump into each other too much. Now that we've got that figured out, we can afford to do the extra days."

Hillsboro's Meals on Wheels People delivers food to home-bound seniors across Hillsboro and eastern Cornelius. Its dining center will open at 10 a.m. Monday through Thursday for coffee. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"I have this vision for the center," Cox said. "I'd love this place to be a spot where people come to connect, and we'll feed them while they're here … This is as much a social thing as it is about feeding people and it is a real thrill to have the extra days. Our drivers missed seeing their clients all the time, too. This is going to be really great."

Prior to its move, Meals on Wheels People offered lunch five days each week

Cox told the Tribune last fall that dining room attendance numbers dropped after the move to Sonrise and days were cut. She hoped to increase attendance at the dining hall in 2019.

"My focus of the year is to draw more people to the center," Cox said. "We figured if we offered more days, people would have more or a schedule to come here. We have a few other little irons in the fire to entice people to come check out the new center."

Across the Portland area, Meals on Wheels People volunteers deliver food to thousands of people across the Portland area. The Hillsboro Center deliver food to homebound seniors across Hillsboro and eastern Cornelius three days a week.

For more information, visit: mowp.org.

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