Councilwoman Looks to Bring Senior Meals Program to Temple City

People are interested, Sternquist says.

Written by TAYLOR EVANKO / Published July 22, 2011  

Temple City Councilwoman Cynthia Sternquist on Tuesday expressed an interest in starting a senior meals program in Temple City.

Sternquist, who was appointed to the City Council in 2009, asked her colleagues to consider the idea during the September 7, 2010 city council meeting.

“It’s something, I think, there has been an interest, anyway, expressed to me,” she said. “I think sharing meals definitely brings community.”

Councilman Vincent Yu concurred, calling the idea a “good suggestion.”

According to Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Burroughs, the City considered bringing a senior meals program about 10 years ago. However, due to limited funding, Temple City was unable to offer that type of program.

Another issue, Burroughs said, was the lack of space that the program could use for every day of the week.

“We could make room available [now],” Burroughs said.

If the City moves forward on Sternquist’s idea, the City would pay for the senior meals with Community Development Block Grant funds, Burroughs said.

Temple City is one of the cities in the surrounding area that does not provide meals to its senior citizens, Sternquist said.

Following the discussion, City Manager Jose Pulido notified the City Council that he would direct staff to research the potential new program and return with additional information.

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