By Michael P. Neufeld
Crestline, CA – The Senior Nutrition Program is facing a large budget shortfall.
But thanks to several local Rotary clubs, the meal program that serves between 100-125 seniors every Tuesday and the first and third Thursday at the San Moritz Lodge in Crestline will continue for at least three more months.
Crest Forest Senior Citizens’ Club President Penny Shubnell accepted the check, which was presented during a recent luncheon. The $7,500 check represents contributions of $2,000 each from Mountain Sunrise Rotary and Lake Arrowhead Rotary, $1,000 from Crestline-Lake Gregory Rotary and the balance from a grant written by Mountain Sunrise Rotary and provided by Rotary District 5330.
“I’m a happy camper,” Shubnell told those in attendance at the luncheon. Shubnell praised the Rotarians for their contribution so the meals, prepared by Woody’s Boathouse, can continue to be served. She also expressed confidence that the remaining $7,200 to fund the program through June would be raised.
“I’m confident we’ll close that gap by June,” Shubnell told the Crestline CONNECT networking group as she again thanked the Rotarians for helping feed the deficit.
The shortfall — originally caused when $40,000 in county funds usually earmarked for the program were eliminated — got some assistance from the Department of Aging and Adult Services. The department increased its funding by 16.25 percent, according to Shubnell.
Shubnell explained that several fund-raisers have assisted the program this year, including a car wash and that the Crest Forest Senior Citizens’ Club is reaching out to the community to complete retiring the shortfall.
Fort additional information about the Senior Nutrition Program call (909) 338-5036 or visit CREST FOREST SENIORS online.