By Stanley Craig of Liberal
I was at the Liberal Senior Center a few days ago and got in a conversation with one of the ladies who run the front desk. We got to discussing supplying meals for those citizens in our town who cannot pay the $3,25 per meal because they live on virtually nothing.
$3.25 for seven days is $22.75 a week or $91 a month. If a client cannot pay the $3.25, then they pay whatever they can, which can be a dollar or less.
The state takes the number of meals served, multiplies it by $3.25. If it falls below that number, we must make it up any way we can.
So, we have women who show up at 6 a.m. to make bierocks to sell at $2 each to try and make up that difference.
This whole thing is wrong. For an elderly or disabled person to do without food and/or medicine for the lack of what it costs to buy a soft drink is contrary to everything Liberal people say they believe.
We have 50-plus churches in town.
We have numerous organizations that are based on helping those in need.
I’m well aware of (and acquainted with some) unscrupulous people who milk the system for everything from free utility payments to paying their rent. But surely, the people who deliver these meals to our elderly can tell the difference between genuine need and the disinclination to work.
If every group in town whose interest is their fellow man would write a check to the senior center for $50, the center would have a start and some respite from the stress of seeing people actually go without food.
Charles and I are not Christian, we are Jewish, but your Jesus said he did not come to change the law. The law was the Mosaic Law laid down governing how the poor and needy must be treated.
Every time you think about purchasing something you don’t need or probably really don’t want, see to it that money gets to the food service at the Senior Center instead.
If 100 organizations gave only $50, that would buy 155 meals. Most of these delivered meal recipients pay all or some of the bill.
Maybe if United Way could spare more than several thousand out of the $300,000-plus the community gives them.
It is just completely unacceptable that those who depend on Meals on Wheels be neglected or forgotten. It is wrong.
Please think of them as you sit down to a well-prepared meal.