The Kennedy Donaldson Senior Center sits in the heart of town.
As you drive through the rural areas in our state, you see in small town after small town the many cars gathered at the local senior citizens’ center. Rural populations are aging, and senior centers function as lifelines to many. The Kennedy Donaldson Senior Center is no different, fulfilling a vital need in our community.
Founded in 1975, for over a quarter of a century the Center has served as a social meeting place, a location for health and safety services, as well as a provider of nutritional meals.
Currently, the health and safety services provided at the Center include blood pressure checks, foot clinics, diabetes information, and driving safety lectures. Also, the Center provides seniors with much appreciated social activities, including card games and bingo. And this year we are planning to try and bring back musical entertainment and parties.
For many years the Center served and delivered affordable and nutritionally balanced noon meals, three days per week. These same meals could also be ordered in quantity for days when the Center was not open and did not deliver. The service provided meals to many, some on fixed incomes or with challenging food budgets. Without these meals, certain seniors might not have been unable to remain in their own homes, while others could go days without social interaction. These meals were a service provided by Lutheran Social Services (LSS) to senior centers in the area.
Kennedy Donaldson Senior Center
Director: Esther Pietruszewski
Consider Making a Donation
Did you know the Kennedy Donaldson Senior Center operates entirely on donations? Your consideration and support would be greatly appreciated. Do it in memory of the many great people that came before us and built our community. Do it as a thank-you to the senior citizens that are with us today.
Donations may to mailed to:
KD Senior Center
408 North Atlantic Ave. (POB 13)
Kennedy, MN 56733
The Kennedy Donaldson Senior Center and LSS
Regretfully, in May of this year, LSS informed the Center that some of LSS's services were set to be cut, due to devastating budget cuts in the amounts of $30,000 this year and $90,000 next year.
How does LSS currently serve the Center? The only services the Center received from LSS were the noon meal program and meals on wheels. So, those two programs were the only programs affected.
How will the meal program change at the K-D Senior Center? Effective July 1, 2013, LSS discontinued meal service to the K-D Senior Center.
Is LSS also discontinuing meal service in surrounding communities? One of the difficult decisions LSS had to make was where to cut, with the least amount of impact. And, since Kennedy has the smallest population and smallest number of meal participants, Kennedy’s was the LSS meal site that was cut.
Does this mean the Center is closing? NO. Not only is the Center not closing, but new ideas are in the works that will help sustain and hopefully grow the Center. Some of the ideas include new members, new services, and new events, and hopefully meals again, on some sort of basis. An official communication will be sent out to the public once the details are finalized and approved by the board.