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Franklin County Jail helps senior center

Posted at 12:54 PM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 17:58:51-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Hundreds of senior citizens in Franklin County lost access to the Capital City Activity Center due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, workers still come in every day to help meet their needs.

”Anyone that’s 60 years and older, we’re delivering a meal or they’re coming through and doing a drive-thru service," Executive Director of the Franklin County Council on Aging Marshele Jenkins said. "Right now, we’re cooking for about 200 people."

Jenkins thinks they’ll soon be helping close to 300 people. The center is getting some extra helping hands from the Franklin County Regional Jail. Since inmates aren’t able to come out anymore, Jailer Jake Banta says employees are stepping up.

“We send an officer here every day, sometimes two when we can to help out either mowing or helping with the meals,” Banta said.

”The jail has always been very good to us and during this time, they have not missed a beat,” Jenkins said.

Inmates are still keeping busy, making masks for themselves and officers.

Banta says the jail will continue to help the community as much as they can during this time, but they’re looking forward to when things go back to normal.