Center for Seniors re-evaluating meal costs with Lean Six Sigma

The Muskingum County Center for Seniors is having issues with its budget.

Executive Director Ann Combs and Board Member James McDonald spoke with the Muskingum County Commissioners last week regarding gaps in the center’s non-profit budget, mostly due to food service costs. Currently, the center is facing a $173,000 deficit in the budget for its non-profit operations.

The center does not charge for meals, but does ask for donations on delivered meals. On average, a meal that cost $5 to make and deliver may only get a $1 donation, McDonald said.

After years of seeing the deficit grow, the board of directors approved and began at the beginning of the year a six-month lean Six Sigma process to detect waste in their operations. The process will cost approximately $10,000 to complete.

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