Reduced Funding Prompts New Limits on Senior Meals

Temple City official: Only 65 meals will be served each day.

Written by VINCENT WEI / Published July 20, 2012 

The Temple City senior meals program faces new restrictions effective immediately, a city official recently stated.

Due to “funding deficits” from the San Gabriel Valley YWCA, only 65 meals will now be served on a “first come, first serve” basis, Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Burroughs wrote on April 20, 2012 in the city manager’s report.

In addition, the program’s dual menu – American and Asian – will only be available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. This change will be implemented countywide.

Ms. Burroughs said the changes would amount to a 40 percent reduction; other community’s senior meals program will be reduced by 20 percent.

According to the parks and recreation director, Temple City’s senior meals program is experiencing steeper cuts due to the popularity of the program. The program has recently drawn close to 100 meals served daily.

The new restrictions are expected to run through June 30; however, whether restrictions are lifted will depend on the program receiving additional funding.

“The YWCA – SGV has requested additional funding from the Los Angeles County Department of Community and Senior Services,” Ms. Burroughs said. “If they receive additional funding, they will re-evaluate the quota system and hopefully be able to increase the number of meals.”

Launched in February 2011, the senior meals program offers seniors living within the community and surrounding neighborhoods the opportunity to enjoy a complimentary lunch, while meeting new friends.

Any person 60 years or older is eligible to participate in the program. Non-seniors spouses and dependents are also allowed to attend.

The program is funded through the county of Los Angeles via the Older Americans Act. Temple City contributes $6000 annually, which fulfills a 15 percent matching requirement.

While the meals are free, there is a suggested $2 donation.

For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation department at (626) 285-2171.

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