SUNNYVALE (KCBS) – A 17 percent reduction in federal grants is forcing Sunnyvale officials to make touch choices when it comes to funding social programs.

One of the seven programs facing the chopping block is one that provides inexpensive meals to more than a hundred seniors in the city.

The program at the First Methodist Church has been going on for 37 years. Bob Howard has been coming for not only meals, but also for music and dancing for the last four years.

“Most senior citizens are on a fixed-income. I get $1,000 a month and half that money goes to rent,” he said. “The lunches here are $2.50, it’s a balanced meal. If they cut the funding, I would have to go out to a restaurant and spend at least $10 for a meal, which I can’t afford.”

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

Site manager Joan Smithson said the program is about more than just the food.

“This is for my seniors. It gives them a purpose in life, it gives them a reason to get up and get dressed in the morning,” she said. “There’s a lot of issues, not just the nutritional aspect.”

The Sunnyvale City Council is expected to reconsider the issue next Tuesday.

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Comments (4)
  1. Be Real says:

    why you gotta go out to eat at a restaurant?
    Go to the store and buy some vegetables, some bread, a jar of peanut butter and jam, maybe a couple apples and bananas— bag of rice , bag of black beans.
    -make yourself some soup and sammiches.
    I eat fine myself on thirty bucks a week. a whole seven days.
    some times i can even buy beer yo.

    how’d you get to be so old if you can’t even feed yourself properly?

    1. I'm hungrey 2 says:

      I, will second that

  2. Claude DeMoss says:

    First 2 comments lack empathy!
    If the City of Sunnyvale can’t find a way to fund this much needed program, the city officials should be ashamed of themselves, I’m certtain they eat well!
    Claude DeMoss
    San Jose, CA

  3. VoiceOfReason says:

    I’m with the first two posters 100%. It’s no lack of empathy – it’s solid budget management. Eat at home for less that $2.50/meal. It’s that simple.

    There is no evidence in this article this is a “much needed program”. It is a program that is nice to have when the revenue stream is available.

    You’re stating “city officials should be ashamed of themselves”. Maybe on a personal citizen basis. Never on an elected official basis where they have a fiduciary responsibility to all voters – not just the 100+ people benefiting from this program.

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