Money could run out in three weeks

Congregate meals are served at the Havelock Senior Center.

Congregate meals are served at the Havelock Senior Center.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 09:45 AM.

Funding to buy free lunches for Havelock’s senior citizens is in jeopardy again.

Last spring, when Craven County eliminated the congregate meals program at the Havelock Senior Center, the Atlantic Baptist Association stepped forward to pay the $800 monthly cost of providing lunch to about 25 seniors each weekday.

A.D. Brady, director of the senior center, said the association simply can’t afford to keep paying for the meals, leaving the program without funding.

“It has dried up completely,” Brady said.

Brady said many churches are being stretched thin financially because the needs of their members and in the community are so great.

Brady said an average of 25 seniors receive the free lunches each day at the center.

“Some days it may be 15, the next day it might be 40,” Brady said.



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