EL CENTRO – With the stark State budget cuts for the Department of Aging, Norma Saikhon, Public Administrator, requested additional funds from the Imperial County general fund to provide food mainly to Seeley seniors for three months.
One of the programs eliminated was the Brown Bag Program, which was a food distribution program for low-income seniors.
Starting in April, Imperial County Area Agency on Aging would use the requested $1800 to provide food boxes to those 60 years and older, to carry out this food distribution monthly until the fiscal year ends in June.
Saikhon told the board that the organization delivers 600 food boxes each month from Winterhaven to Seeley, to Niland and to Bombay Beach.
The county Agency on Aging provides hot, sit down meals through the Catholic Charities to many places like Brawley that have a kitchen and dining room for senior citizens. Seeley lacks any such facility so the county provides food boxes.
Michael Kelley, District 3, said he was pleased to see Saikhon act so quickly after Kelley received several requests for help feeding Seeley’s elderly poor. Kelley said, “After the matter came to my attention, I told you, and you acted quickly. Anything we can do to extend the quality of life is a good thing,”
Saikhon agreed saying the need was still there in outlying areas.