Big Spring Senior Center Looking for Additional Funding to Stay Afloat

By Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - They've been feeding Big Spring seniors for years, but increasing demand for their service is putting them in a bind. If Home Delivered Meals for Seniors doesn't get some help from the state, their supply won't be able to keep up with that demand.

"I have no family here, just my church family, I live alone,"  Letha Duke, who receives the meals, said.

89-year old Letha Duke broke her leg last year. Ever since then, things have not been the same.

"I live by myself and I can't handle this, my friend from church signed me up for meals, it has been a great help and blessing," Duke said.

For a year, Duke has been a part of the home delivered meals program for the Big Spring Senior Center.

The meals program serves around 200 people, who like Letha, have a hard time getting around.

"This program is important to senior adults who don't get a nutritious meal everyday. Some don't have financial disability is vital for ongoing care and independence to continue to live," Senior Center Coordinator, Michael Mahaney, said.

That's why the program is applying for a grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture. The Department of Agriculture has 10 million dollars to spread out through out the state for next year.

The Senior Center hopes to get some of the money so they can help more people.

"Additional funding is always needed to help us purchase food supply, keep our vehicles maintained. We have calls everyday, they need service, it's very vital for the community," Mahaney said.

The meals they provide the seniors are 1/3 of their daily nutrition but most of the times it's just a quick hello and how you doing that helps these seniors get by.

"They deserve to get anything, they get to help so many people and until you are on the receiving end, you don't know what a great help and blessing it is," Mahaney said.

The Big Spring City Center received the approval from Howard County Commissioners court on Monday to apply for the grant.

Now the Senior Center will continue to get funding from the city and the county even if they don't get the grant.