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County agrees to temporary funding

(Imperial Valley seniors will not miss meals)…Budget cuts forced reductions in the senior meals program.

Norma Saikhon, Director of the County Area Agency on Aging, said her budget was cut by $45,000 this year. That forced funding cuts to Catholic Charities, who are contracted to provide the nutritional meals to local senior citizens. Saikhon said indications are that further cuts will be made next year. She said the meals are important to seniors, not only for there nutritional value but they also provide the socialization needed by seniors. The County Board of Supervisors agreed to provide $9,900 needed to keep the program operational for the next 60 days. County Administrative Officer Ralph Cordova said that would give the County time to develop a plan for alternative funding to keep the Senior Nutritional Program active in the next year. It is expected to take between $60,000 and $65,000 to fund the program for a full year.