Nutrition center

Susan Tilley, left, and nutrition center manager Jennifer Carlisle work on Monday's meal.

Alexander City Nutrition Center is catching seniors’ attention with new changes to the program and the center. 

New manager Jennifer Carlisle has changed out furniture in the waiting space, cleaned the center and added guest speakers to visit during the lunch hour of the program.

“It’s a lot of stuff that’s been changed but it’s really pretty,” senior Rosie Lee Thomas said. “(Carlisle is) really sweet. The building looks better to me too.”

Carlisle started her position in April and said she felt like part of the program was outdated. Carlisle asked the seniors what they wanted from the program.

“In the last month it’s really changed,” Carlisle said. “We’ve had an increased amount of people come. I’ve tried to go out in the community and let people know about what we do and how we can help and that kind of stuff.”

Seniors attend the center as early as 8:30 a.m. and lunch is served at 11:20 a.m. In addition to providing meals to 30 to 35 seniors, Carlisle said volunteers deliver meals to 58 homebound locals.

Carlisle said the center has four to five speakers visit a week in addition to free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings. Local nursing homes and hospice caretakers visit for bingo.

“We have a guy who comes in and does Bible study with them every Wednesday (and) they can participate if they want to,” Carlisle said.

Carlisle also added fresh flowers to the tables for seniors.

“My grandmother was very inspirational for the compassion that I have for people now,” Carlisle said.

Senior Linda Fuller said the center has more space since Carlisle has cleaned out items.

The nutrition center needs volunteers to spend time with the elderly and deliver meals, according to Carlisle. Anyone interested in helping should call 256-234-4074.