Senior centers consolidating
The New Hanover County senior nutrition program provides meals for adults over the age of 60. Each meal contains one-third of the needed daily nutrients. But starting Friday, there will be fewer places they can get these meals.
New Hanover County currently has three nutrition program sites; Castle Hayne, downtown Wilmington, and South College Road.
As of Friday there will only be one, the center at South College and Shipyard. This is part of the county’s effort to balance the budget.
About 40 seniors take advantage of the programs at the Riverside Park site in Castle Hayne. Once the sites close the county will provide a shuttle service to the center at College Road.
But the seniors are split over whether or not they’re willing to make the trip.
“I won’t be going to the other center because I don’t like to go across town,” said Iris Murray of Castle Hayne.
“I’m glad that I’m going to the other senior center, that I get out of the house and enjoy a little bit,” said Mabel Nielsen.
Department of Aging Director Ann Crumpton hopes the seniors continue to take advantage of the program because it’s about more than just eating healthy. “When we think of a meal, yes the meal is important, but the socialization is equally as important.”
Volunteer Kathy Dombroski said moving the program means leaving the local communities. “They’re living there, they’re identifying with what’s going on. Whatever is happening in that community they share a common bond about that and I feel like that’s important.”
As important as a healthy meal.
New Hanover County will not cut meal home delivery for seniors, although some are worried they won’t get the same attention.
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