The Senior Outreach Services Department was established in McFarland in 1991. The first manager was a “Volunteer Services Coordinator”, a part-time position which worked with county and state leaders to establish programs and services for older adults. Volunteers were recruited and trained to assist these older adults. An intergenerational program was also developed to increase interaction between school-aged children and older adults.
In July of 1993, two part-time outreach workers were added to the department to personally assist seniors in connecting with area programs and services to improve their quality of life. A full-time coordinator of outreach services was hired in August 1994. The coordinator's position remained full- time, but the title was changed to “Director”.
In 1996, a meal site for seniors was added, in addition to home delivered meals. At first the meals were delivered from the McFarland schools and were offered three days a week. Eventually, with more funding, the meal site expanded to 5 days a week in 2001 and a bus was made available to transport meal participants to the site.
Currently, the Senior Outreach Services Department has one full-time director, two case managers, and three part-time nutrition site coordinators.
The McFarland Outreach Department also serves the villages of Cambridge and Rockdale, and the towns of Christiana, Dunn, Pleasant Springs and Rutland.