I was shocked to read that one of the El Dorado County supervisors said it was important to differentiate between nice and necessary and it seems the nutrition program was deemed nice and therefore dropped. What a rude and thoughtless remark.
He feels that way because he is probably about 45 years old and doesn’t consider the nutrition centers important; maybe just numbers and names.
My husband and I are in our 80s and eat at the the Diamond Springs center most weekdays. We have developed friendships there that include getting information about the community, talking about our health, loneliness, where to buy wood, what is on sale at Grocery Outlet, where to go for Thanksgiving dinner, and who is in the hospital, etc.
A band called The Buckboard Bunch plays there, not often enough. The last time, the seniors seemed down-in-the-dumps all week and the day there was excellent music, one could feel the vitality in the air. One man who has slept in his car for a decade and comes in for lunch most days, and doesn’t talk to people, approached a member of the band afterward, laughed, talked and clapped the guitar player on the arm, and I said to myself, “Ah, the magic of music.”
We’re old, but still members of your community. We were employed taxpayers for years and, darn it, we need to be considered as important as almost anything. It is a matter of morale, as well as a place where good food is available for people who are unable to shop and prepare it. Figure out a way to keep the centers open, especially in the outlying areas such as Pioneer, etc. I hope Diamond Springs can remain open as well.