Mildred Radway retires after 14 years of serving Senior Meals
In 1991, the Senior Nutrition Program started in Philip. In April of 1992, Mildred Radway joined on as the server of meals to seniors. Now, after 14 and a half years, she is retiring from the position.
"I was a farmer's wife. When we moved to town, my husband helped everybody he could find; he just had to stay busy," recalled Radway. "I wanted to be busy, too. He was agreeable to me taking this job. I wouldn't have to cook or do dishes - that caught my eye!"
The Bennett County Senior Citizens, a non-profit organization, began receiving federal grants for the program 32 years ago. The Senior Nutrition Program (meals for seniors) has grown from Martin to include Philip, Pierre, Kadoka, Murdo, and Kyle.
In Philip, the meals are prepared at Philip Health Services and transported to the Senechal. Average numbers are around 15 to 20, with a maximum limit set at 27 meals per day.
"We could tell from the get-go that Mildred was going to be good for the program," said Supervisor Donna Noel. "Mildred has been a wonderful employee, very loyal to the program. She has easily met the requirement of being able to get along well with people."
"This job gave me a chance to get out of the house and meet a lot of people and friends," said Radway, "but it's time to retire." "...to become a full time bridge player," finished Noel. Radway also enjoys reading and crochet.
The program provides free meals to people who are 60 years of age and to their spouses. "People are allowed to donate for their meals, with the idea that those who can afford to donate more will do so," said Noel. Meals are provided every week day.