SPRINGVILLE—Between serving lunches and meeting seniors in Springville, Kathy Lipka was honored for her 25 years of service to the Erie County Stay Fit Dining Program.
In recognition for her 25 years, Lipka received an award from Town of Concord Supervisor Clyde Drake and received a proclamation from Erie County.
“It was overwhelming … I was shocked,” Lipka said. “I couldn’t believe I did 25 years because it went like that … I love it too much.”
Lipka got her start with the dining program at the Salem Lutheran Church, from there she’s worked at the Springville Fire Hall and now at the Concord Senior Center. Serving meals has allowed her to meet people for which Lipka is gracious.
“I have met so many wonderful people who have come and gone,” Lipka said. “They have made the impact on me. I’m here because I love what I do and providing a lunch for them so they don’t have to cook … it’s great.”
As the popularity for the Erie County Stay Fit Dining Program steadily increased over the years, Lipka credits much of that success to the Town of Concord for building the senior center and Director Eleanor Eschborn for spreading the word about the program and other events at the senior center throughout the town.
“When I first started, I had no idea what I was getting into and our program was in jeopardy of being lost,” Lipka said. “[The Concord Senior Center] is our home now … and [Eschborn] keeps this place humming.”
Lipka loves the memories she has shared with other seniors over the years and is excited to continue on with the program to make even more.
“Everyday is different … we have different people who come in, and over the years so many people have come and gone and you think about that and you miss this one and you remember this one,” Lipka said. “It’s a wonderful program and I have loved it ever since. I’m still here and I don’t plan on retiring anytime soon.”
The Concord Senior Center offers lunches through the Erie County Stay Fit Dining Program Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and is available for people over 60-years-old who make reservations 48 hours in advance. A suggested donation for the lunch is $3, but no one will get turned away if they are not able to donate.
For more information or to make a reservation, call the Concord Senior Center at 592-2764.