Funding for senior meal program in jeopardy
Funding cuts threaten to stop a senior meals program in Craven County.
The Havelock Senior Center provides lunch to 25-30 people a day. Director A.D. Brady said as of now they have just enough funds to last to the end of the month.
"I look forward to it every day. I really do. We are all worried it might come to an end," senior citizen Jayne Aired said.
Last spring Craven County eliminated the congregate meals program due to budget cuts.
"Right now for the last seven months we've been doing this by private donations," Brady explained
Brady said thanks to donations from churches, businesses and people in the community they've been able to stay afloat. He said but now those funds are starting to dwindle.
"Not only does it provide a nutritious meal, it gives them a chance to socialize. It saves them money that they can buy medicine with," Brady said.
Lavern Peden said it's something she looks forward to everyday.
"It’s like family. I have made a few real good friends. It helps so many that comes just for the meal," Peden said.
Aired said she has been coming to the center for 12 years.
"I think we should continue them somehow, whatever we have to do to keep it up. It’s great. It's a good nutritious meal," Aired said.
On January 26th, the Craven County Aging Committee will hold a meeting. Brady said they plan to lobby to get funds for the program in the upcoming 2014--2015 budget.
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