As part of an $11,000 grant from The Home Instead Senior Care Foundation, Faulkner County Council on Aging will purchase a set of double-deck convection gas ovens to be utilized in the Conway and Mayflower areas for local seniors. The previous set of double ovens were the only ovens at the Conway Center and they desperately needed to be replaced. The Conway Senior Center will use the ovens to cook all of the meals served at the Conway Senior Center and the Mayflower Senior Center, and all of the Home Delivered

Meats provided in the two areas. Last year the ovens cooked 71,768 Home Delivered Meals and 21,184 Congregate Meals. The meals benefitted 1,424 individuals at some point during the year. The funding will ensure continued preparation for these meals years into the future, which if projected over the next 15 years (age of the current oven) would be a minimum of 1,076,520 meals. These meals help to keep seniors healthy and live independently.

The Faulkner County Council on Aging Inc., was established in 1974, organized by interested citizens on a volunteer basis. Over the past 38 years the organization has grown to now include six senior centers throughout Faulkner County. The Faulkner County Council on Aging annually provides approximately 94,000 Home Delivered Meals, 39,000 Congregate Meals, 41,000 Wellness Activities per daily attendance, and Transportation involving 20,000 one-way trips for individuals age 60 or older. The organization strives to identify and meet the health, nutrition, social, and transportation needs of Senior Adults. Our goal is to help them remain active, independent, and to enhance their quality of life. The Faulkner County Council on Aging is one of 23 organizations awarded grant funding from The Home Instead Senior Care Foundation in 2012.

The purchase for the new double ovens is made possible by a grant from The Home Instead Senior Care Foundation. "Our missions are very similar to the Faulkner County Council on

Aging, as we both help enhance the lives of aging adults and their families," said Roger H. Baumgart, Executive Director of The Foundation. "We are pleased to provide grant funding to the senior centers to help make a positive difference in the lives of seniors," Baumgart said.

In 1994, Lori and Paul Hogan founded Home Instead Senior Care, an international company of independently owned and operated franchises, to provide non-medical care for seniors. As a means to further enhance the lives of older adults, going above and beyond the scope of this organization, The Home Instead Senior Care Foundation was established in 2003.

The Home Instead Senior Care Foundation has awarded more than 120 grants throughout the United States and Canada since 2004. To learn more about The Foundation, visit www.homeinsteadseniorcarefoundation-org.