City Requests County Assistance for Senior Meals Program

Burroughs: YWCA Interested in providing meals for seniors.

Written by VINCENT WEI / Published October 21, 2011

The city of Temple City is currently working to bring a proposal for a senior meals program for City Council consideration, Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Burroughs said.

The City is in talks with the County of Los Angeles and the San Gabriel YWCA to discuss the costs of a meals program for seniors, the parks and recreation director wrote in the December 9, 2010 city manager’s weekly report.

“Once we have received the information from the County, or the San Gabriel Valley YWCA, on the costs of the meals, we can better determine what the cost to the City will be for the lunch program,” she wrote. “At that time, we will bring an item to the City Council for direction on a senior meals program.”

In September, Temple City Councilwoman Cynthia Sternquist asked the City Manager to research how to bring a senior meals program to Temple City.

According to the councilmember, Temple City was one of the cities in the surrounding area that did not provide meals to its senior citizens.

“It’s something, I think, there has been an interest, anyway, expressed to me,” Sternquist previously said.

If the City does create a senior meals program, it plans to use Community Development Block Grant funds, Burroughs said. However, the use of CDBG funds would likely decrease the amount of funding available for other City programs.

“Since the use of CDBG funds for community service programs is restricted, using these funds for a senior meals program would decrease the amount of funding available for the Youth Scholarship program, which is also funded through CDBG,” Burroughs said.

According to the parks and recreation director, the City would need to contribute 15 percent in matching funds. The County of Los Angeles would provide the balance.

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