A s usual, Milam County folks came through once again and make being your county judge a very pleasant experience, proving that I was needlessly worrying about the fact that we were losing some more of the funds that support the meals programs for our senior citizens.
We were going to have to cut back somewhere around the county this coming year, so I went to the folks in Thorndale with the problem.
A group of us got together including John Kincaid and Ethel Seelig at the Thorndale Senior Center, Mayor Bi l ly Simank, Commissioner Jef f Muegge, Downtown Café owner Louis Alvarez, and Tama Shaw from Hill Country Community Action. She was basically there to tell us that Hill Country assistance was going away) to see what could be done to keep the center meals program going.
Louis volunteered to provide the meals from his café at his cost and agreed to work up a menu.
John and Ethel said they would approach the senior center participants to see if they would agree to pay up to $3 per meal, and the city and county agreed to split the small amount of remaining costs to help keep the program going in the Thorndale area.
This amounts to up to $3,000 per year each (in round numbers) depending on the level of participation and the amount of donations received from within the community.
Commissioners court approved the county’s participation at our Dec. 26 meeting and, as I understand it, the City of Thorndale has approved their support.
The county also does some relatively low levels of support at Bea’s Kitchen in Cameron and the Senior Center in Rockdale with primary support coming from participant and community donations. The Thorndale Center is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and would welcome donations from individuals and organizations to help support the center .
The center not only has individuals come to the center Monday through Wednesday for meals and fellowship but also delivers meals to shut-ins in the community on request.
John Kincaid said he anticipates an increase in participation now that the meals will be coming from the Downtown Café because the food will taste better, he says.
Nice compliment there, Louis.
This is the kind of teamwork and cooperation that makes it fun to work with all of you fellow citizens of Milam County.