Local Senior Center Concerned About Funding


By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV) Even after climbing out of the great recession, plenty of people are concerned about their finances. That's also true for senior centers across the nation.

The fiscal cliff is not only affecting taxpayers, but also organizations like senior centers across the nation, who depend on checks from the federal government. Most senior centers also need substantial donations from their local communities to stay afloat.

The Twin Falls Senior Center is no exception, and for right now at least, they're managing to survive. But they're concerned about looming financial issues.

Site Financial Director Jeanette Roe says, "Our funding from the USDA has been cut off, which is a normal thing that happens every single year, and it usually comes back in March or April. However, that is tied to the fiscal cliff, which nobody has passed yet."

Roe says 65 to 85 people eat lunch at the Twin Falls Senior Center Monday through Friday, and the center delivers up to 130 meals daily Monday through Thursday. Add frozen meals for the weekend, and on Friday the number of meals delivered climbs to 300 meals.

Roe says, "We have had some very generous donations in the last couple of weeks that have helped. But the main thing that people need to understand, even though we're doing well, we always need the community support, and we always need donations. Because that's where the biggest portion of our funding comes from."

But Roe says if the proposed fiscal cliff passes, the whole state of Idaho could see a drop of $287,000 in federal money. That will translate to a drop of about $3,000 dollars a month for this center.

Roe says, "We get government assistance, but the checks are very small and it's only a small fraction of the meals. If people don't help pay for the meals or help others get the meals, we can't provide the services."

That's why this center especially needs donations from their local community. If you'd like to help, you can call them at 734-5084.

Jan. 8, 2013.

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