The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors is being asked to consider eliminating the Senior Nutrition Program for five locations described as “outlying.” Before they vote on this issue, I urge that they consider the impact these closures will have on the overall well-being of our valued seniors in all of the eliminated communities.
The men and women who participate in the Senior Nutrition Program do so for the nourishment of their spirit as well as their body. The camaraderie and social contact are as important as the meat and vegetables.
The seniors have raised us as parents and grandparents, fought for our country as veterans and provided countless hours of valued advice and friendship. It’s no wonder they have been called “the greatest generation.” We owe them no less than an opportunity for a hot meal and a place to gather.
I understand there are no easy decisions when considering solutions to our budget crisis; the budget carcass has been stripped of most of the meat and there is little but bone left. I urge the supervisors to look deep within the budget for relief for this program. If they find there is truly no funding available from the county coffers, I encourage them to consider alternative support such as partnerships with other agencies.
It is vital that this program continue in its entirety.