Stras to head area senior nutritional program

080315-Penny-Stras-2015The board of directors of Mid-America Nutrition Program, Ottawa, has named Penny Stras as executive director of the agency, whose mission is to provide nutritional support for elderly people in a six-county area including Osage County.

Stras is originally from Underwood, Minn, and has spent most of her adult life in Montana and Oregon. She holds bachelor’s degrees in business administration and sociology, and a master’s degree in public administration.  She has held positions as executive director of Head Start programs and community action agencies that included area agencies on aging services. She left the non-profit sector about 8 years ago and purchased a motel in Lincoln, Kan., which she operated until 10 months ago when she sold the business and moved to rural Overbrook, Kan.

Stras has one son who lives in Missoula, Mont. Her mother and three brothers all live in the Fergus Falls, Minn., area.

She said she is very pleased to be working with the Mid-America Nutrition Program in Ottawa and that everyone has made her feel very welcome.

Mid-America Nutrition Program is a program dedicated to meeting the nutritional needs of the elderly through home-delivered meals and senior dining site meals. The mission of the agency is to provide the nutritional support that will help older people stay healthy and independent in their own homes.

The program is a cooperative arrangement between six counties: Franklin, Anderson, Osage, Linn, Miami and Coffey. Meals are funded in part by the Older Americans Act, the state of Kansas and each of the counties served, as well as client and individual donations. State and federal funding is administered by the East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging and Disability Resources.

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