Church group provides funds for Havelock senior meals program

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Volunteer Ellen Fones helps prepare meals at the Havelock Senior Center on Wednesday.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 05:29 PM.

The Atlantic Baptist Association has stepped up with funding to temporarily provide free lunches for the elderly at the Havelock Senior Center.

Free lunches that had been served to seniors in the congregate meals program ended on June 28, with cuts in funding and new criteria administered through Craven County’s aging advisory board.

The Craven County Board of Commissioners elected to cut all funding for the meals program to Havelock and Harlowe, saying those few seniors who did qualify under the new criteria could come to New Bern to participate in the program.

Havelock and Harlowe officials argued that they were being unfairly targeted, that the cuts in program funding should have been spread throughout the county instead of directed toward the eastern half.

"Our pastor was aware of what the county commissioners had done as far as defunding from Havelock east and not defunding from New Bern west, and it just didn’t sit right with him," said Lydia Allen, a member of Neuse River Baptist Church in New Bern.

Allen and others organized a fund drive through the Baptist association "because people don’t need to be hungry, especially our senior people that don’t have means of working."

"Some of these folks have to choose between medicine and food and that’s just not right," Allen said. "God tells us that we’re always going to have the poor with us and it’s our job to take care of them. They could be my grandmother. It could be me in a few years. It could be our neighbors."



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