To the News Enterprise:
I am writing in response to the Post Star’s editorial of Feb. 10, advocating the closing of area Senior Meal Sites in favor of preparing meals in a single kitchen and delivering them to the outlying areas. The editorial cited monetary savings as its logic behind the move.
There is more involved here than money. The individual meal sites are places where people gather for community — to see their friends, sit down at table and exchange in conversation.
The North Creek meal site hosts a senior bridge group who meet each Friday from 10 – 2. At noon they take a break to enjoy the prepared lunch and the company of others. The price of lunch is reasonable, $3 for a hot, nutritious meal.
Many of the diners are people who live alone, widows and widowers, who might not choose to cook a hot meal for themselves and eat alone. Several are in their 80s or even 90s.
When you enter the meal site, you are greeted by the friendly faces of the workers and the volunteers who deliver meals on wheels. Good smells emanate from the warm kitchen. Serving is done cafeteria style, and the able-bodied carry trays of food back to the table.
I repeat, the meal site provides a service that is outside the realm of money alone. It is an important gathering place where friends can meet each day and break bread together.