We are in need of funds for our meal program. We supply more than 6,500 lunches a year to a very diverse demographic. Some have the ability to pay and some do not. No one is refused a meal at a cost of $4.per person. We are in urgent need because of rising food costs. Senior c... Read More
We are in need of funds for our meal program. We supply more than 6,500 lunches a year to a very diverse demographic. Some have the ability to pay and some do not. No one is refused a meal at a cost of $4.per person. We are in urgent need because of rising food costs. Senior centers in general are lacking funds from grants to cover food costs, which is one of our highest expenses. In order to assist our senior population, age 55-105, we need to have funds. No one should go hungry or be isolated because there isn't and establishment to provide a cost-effective meal. These funds will allow us to continue serving the greater Fayetteville area with both socialization activities and nutritious meals. Created in 1979, the Fayetteville Senior Center was a place for seniors to go to socialize, educate themselves, exercise and enjoy a nutritious lunch. As the years have gone by and costs have increased, we have struggled to keep our food program at a reasonable cost to those on a fixed income. At one time, we were able to employ a cook full-time. that position was reduced to part-time in 2013, and, now, in the last three years, we eliminated the cooks position all together. Currently the kitchen is staffed by the director of the center (main chef) and several volunteers in order to keep costs low and concentrate on the nutrition of the food program. Nutrition and socialization play a vital role in the health and longevity of seniors. Without our food program, some would not have a hot meal or anyone to talk with on a daily basis. Our food program also allows us to check on someone who wouldn't ordinarily have anyone else around to do so. It is so much more than just food, it's what unites us and allows us to bond with our friends in fellowship.
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Janet Best is the Director/Kitchen Manager of the Fayetteville Senior Center. She has been employed by the Fayetteville Senior Center for 13 years, working her way up from assistant to assistant director to director. She has a B.S. degree in Accounting /M
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