People line up, maintaining physical distance, to pick up fresh vegetables outside the Patagonia Senior Center recently. Photo by Robin Kulibert

The Patagonia Senior Center is now closed for dining due to the response to COVID-19 precautions. Cooked meals are being distributed at the door from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., said Chuck Kelly, spokesman for the center. This will continue until further notice, he said, adding that frozen meals will soon be provided to those who needing extra food. 

The Center’s Guest Chef dinner by town manager Ron Robinson was sold out on February 29th. Also well attended was a community breakfast on March 14, sponsored by the Methodist Church. 

The family of former Patagonia mayor Gary and Rita Gay donated generously to the Senior Center and a bench with a plaque in their honor will be situated in front of the building. 

The meal program served 754 meals during the month of February. The three vans of the transportation program drove 36 passengers 2,172 miles in February, taking them to medical appointments and shopping.