Check this page for announcements and information about upcoming activities and events, as well as links to other sites with valuable information.

The council will meet at 9:30 a.m. on the following dates:
•December 11
•January 8
The council election will take place on December 20 from 10 a.m.-noon. Your vote matters! GFC Site Council responsibilities include working in an advisory capacity with ACSS to promote a friendly and cooperative atmosphere at GFC and to encourage others to participate in program activities. If you are interested in running as a candidate, please submit your name to Council President, Sharon Sinsel, or to Kathy Gruba, ACSS representative on the Council. Take an interest and make a positive difference.

Meets the second Wednesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. Meetings are planned for:
•December 13
•January 10

Located in Hastings, the Adams County Food Pantry is a non-profit, all volunteer organization serving those in need of emergency food on a short-term basis. A limit of three pantries can be given per household within a year's time. The Food Pantry accepts both monetary donations and non-perishable food items. Monetary donations are used to purchase perishable food items such as meat, milk, eggs and butter. Adams County Food Pantry requires a referral through an agency, such as Adams County Senior Services or Midland Area Agency on Aging, to help people needing emergency groceries.
This year’s special project begins on November 1 with donations being collected until December 15. Donations will be taken to the Food Pantry in time to help fill needs over the holidays. Please check expiration dates on all food cans or packages, as the Food Pantry cannot accept out-of-date products. A list of needed items is available at the Golden Friendship Center. Any monetary donations should be given directly to Adams County Food Pantry, 918 West 4th Street, Suite 100, P.O. Box 216, Hastings, NE 68901.
Your contribution to this special project is truly appreciated.

•December 25
is the Christmas holiday; make your meal reservation on Dec. 22 by 12:30 p.m. for Tuesday, Dec. 26. ACSS will be open on Dec. 22 for lunch, but will close at 1 p.m.
•January 1 is the New Year's Day holiday; make your meal reservation on Dec. 29 by 2:30 p.m. for Tuesday, Jan. 2.
•January 15 is the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday; make your meal reservation on Jan. 12 by 2:30 p.m. for Tuesday, Jan. 16.
On these days, there are no meals or activities. The Golden Friendship Center will be CLOSED. Best wishes to all for a safe and happy holiday season!

volunteers Karen Ganskow, Kathy Gruba, Pat Hughes, Virginia Locke and Ann McMickell will assist seniors to enroll in Part D Prescription Drug Insurance this year.
Appointments at the Golden Friendship Center can be scheduled between 8:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on the following dates:
•December 4-7
You will need to bring your red, white, and blue MEDICARE CARD and a list of your prescription drugs with dosages (better yet, bring your prescription drug containers) to your appointment. Allow 1.5 hours to enroll per individual. ACSS will begin scheduling appointments no sooner than October 2. Call Kathy at 402-463-4439 to book an appointment.

South Heartland District Health Department (SHDHD) is sponsoring a Stepping On Workshop at the Golden Friendship Center beginning January 11 and ending on February 22. Stepping On is designed specifically for anyone who is 65 or older, has had a fall in the past year, is fearful of falling, lives at home and does not have dementia. This workshop will meet every Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for seven weeks. Stepping On will teach exercises and strategies to help you prevent falls. Registration is required and class size is limited. For more information or to register for the workshop, please call SHDHD at 402-462-6211.

If Hastings is under threat of a winter snow or ice storm, if streets are dangerous to drive on, or if wind chills are in the sub-zero range, be sure to watch NTV Channel 13 (the Kearney Station) or listen to KHAS Radio (located at 1230 AM on the radio dial) to confirm that ACSS meals and other services have been cancelled. If you are registered for a day the meal is cancelled, your name will remain on the list for the next serving day. The missed menu will carry over to the next day. Please call (402) 463-4439 Ext. 11 by 9:30 a.m. on the new serving day if you wish to cancel.
On a winter weather related topic: Snow and ice can increase the chance for falls. Please, please, please be careful. Stay at home and stay safe if it is too icy out. It is ACSS Policy to call 911 should a fall occur. EMTs will be called to assess the situation and provide lift assist.

New cards will be mailed to beneficiaries starting April 2018 through April 2019. Cards will have randomly generated numbers that have no hidden or special meaning. Social Security numbers will no longer be used for Medicare numbers. The new numbers will be safer and more difficult to be used for fraud. Mailings will be randomized by geographical area. The card will include a letter with instructions. Beneficiaries need to make sure their address is current with Social Security so the new card is not lost or delayed. You still need to protect your new Medicare Card in the same way you protected your former card.
Scams have already begun. For example: "Hello Mrs. Jones, I am calling to verify your Medicare information so we can print your new card," or "Hello Mrs. Jones, I am calling to expedite your new Medicare Card. Let's just verify some things and for $9.99 I can get that card right out to you." In both instances, HANG UP! If you receive a Medicare card prior to April 2018, it is a scam. You may get a call 7 to 10 days after an on-line application for Medicare, but that is the exception. If your card is ever compromised, a new card can be issued. That cannot be done with the current Medicare Cards.

We have received a donation of Jevity 1.5 and 1.2, a high protein drink with fiber. This drink has prebiotics "to help maintain and restore gut flora damaged by antibiotics or disease." Please contact Kathy at 402-463-4439 ext. 14 if you are in need of this product. Other items that are available include Hearing Aid Batteries, Kirkland Signature brand, size/format 312.

Check these sites for other valuable information:
•Midland Area Agency on Aging:
•United Way:


509 S. Bellevue
Hastings, NE 68901
(402) 463-4439 phone
(402) 463-6971 fax

Center Meals,
Home-Delivered Meals:
(402) 463-4439