Nutrition Program: While this program was originally started by Vivien Null in Crestline under the 2nd District Supervisor over 26 years ago, CFSCC started their Nutrition Program in 2007 with funding from the Department of Aging & Adult Services (DAAS) and Mountain Community Hospital in Lake Arrowhead. In October of 2008, the 2nd District Supervisor asked CFSCC if we would be willing to take over their program and combine the two as one in the same. CFSCC agreed to do just that. CDBG funding of $40,000 then came to CFSCC for the combined program along with the $24,000 from DAAS. Participants of the program give suggested donations of $3 per meal if they are able. We have been providing approximately 7500 meals to over 500 different seniors per year since 2008. With the loss of funding from CDBG in 2012, this has put an enormous dent in our program financials. DAAS did increase our fiscal award as they felt our program is quite a success and provides a social event weekly for seniors as well as a nutritious meal. However, we remain seriously underfunded.
This program serves seniors over the age of 60. Monthly and annual reports are mandated by the program contract. A Contract Registered Dietician reviews all menus for nutritional values and also provides 4 nutritional education programs for the seniors. We have a paid Site Manager and Kitchen Dishwasher on board as well as several volunteers. Most of the volunteers are members of CFSCC and all have attained their required food handler’s permit.
The seniors served include many who otherwise would not have a balanced meal for that day. Often it is noticed that seniors take half their meal home for a 2nd meal or for the next day’s meal. In addition to a nutritious meal, seniors come for the social aspect of it. They get to visit with old friends and make new friends in a warm, friendly, upbeat atmosphere. At the luncheon, community news is discussed and other events going on in the mountain. Education programs are presented 4 times a year on the subject of Nutrition and other presentations as they apply to seniors. For many, this is the only outing of the week for them. This program needs your help to continue to take care of our seniors in the mountain community.
Please give generously. We need your help!