Rising Costs Could Cut Senior Meals

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Niria and her husband, Billy Ammons, have been visiting the multi-community senior center in Midland City for more than 10 years. They say one of the most beneficial service is the meals.

"It helps out, it is a lot cheaper here then it is to go to a cafe or something. It helps out a lot on the finances," says Niria.

"That helps us out financially because we pay a dollar a day for our meals," said Billy.

The Ammons are among more than two hundred seniors who are provided meals each week.

However, director of the Southern Alabama Council on Aging, Robert Crowder says the amount of food provided may begin to decrease.

"It is really a bad situation…We have so many people that are homebound people and we hope that most of the meals that will be cut will not be homebound meals," said Crowder.

The center needs $5100 more for the year to continue serving the same amount of meals that they are preparing right now. If those funds are unavailable they will have to cut about 50 meals per week.

Rising food and transportation costs are putting a strain on the state and federal program.

However there is hope.

If Dale County commissioners agree to help with the additional funds needed, seniors like the Ammons can continue to enjoy their meals.

"A lot of people, you know, really depend on this a lot we do, all do as a matter of fact," adds. Niria.

Dale County commissioners are holding a meeting Tuesday night discussing if there is a possibility to contribute to the senior food program.

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