Senior meal program ending in seven counties

Senior meal program ending in seven counties

SEGUIN, TEXAS - An agency that helps serve meals to senior citizens is canceling its program, but working with other agencies to help revive it.

Through the Aging Senior Nutrition Program, the Community Council of South Central Texas currently serves about 30 meals per day to senior citizens at four senior centers. The agency also delivers about 430 meals per day to homes in seven counties, including Guadalupe, Comal, Atascosa, Frio, Karnes, Wilson and McMullen Counties.

"We serve a lot of people and we serve a lot of people in different ways,” CCSCT Executive Director Bobby Deike said.

Deike said CCSCT has contracts with the Alamo Area Council of Governments and the Department of Aging and Disability Services, which helps fund the meals. Currently, the home delivery meals cost about $8, but CCSCT is only reimbursed for $4.95.

“This program is a huge financial risk for whatever agency that operates it because it is not fully subsidized by the state or other funding sources,” Deike said.

The CCSCT board decided to cancel the program. Its contract with AACOG expires on February 28 and the DADS contract ends in March.

“This was a hard decision for our board because of the fact that it serves senior citizens,” Deike said.

Deike said they are working with AACOG to revive the program through other agencies. Four agencies are considering taking over the program, according to Deike.

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