Nutrition program ends for financial reasons

DAVE MASON/NEWS-PRESS FILE PHOTOSanta Barbara resident Mark Wofford stands able to obtain a turkey sandwich in the course of the early months of the pandemic on the Louise Lowry Davis Center in Santa Barbara from Anna Carrisales, a employee with the Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County. The fee was later renamed CommUnify, and the nonprofit lately introduced it will droop its Senior Nutrition Program due to a scarcity of cash.

Editor’s observe: Patricia Keelean is the CEO of CommUnify, a nonprofit that works with the neighborhood to supply schooling and supportive companies to Santa Barbara County residents, leading to improved financial safety and self-sufficiency.

Patricia Keelean

No one likes to be the bearer of dangerous information.

But dealing with actuality and making arduous selections is one thing our neighborhood has been compelled to do these previous 12 months, and CommUnify is not any exception. It is with nice disappointment we announce that efficient July 1, 2021, CommUnify plans to droop our Senior Nutrition Program, which has served low-income seniors in our neighborhood for 47 years. 

Why? Lack of funding.

While we’re grateful for the federal funding we obtain to feed seniors, no nonprofit group can function a program that solely receives 40-45% of the funding wanted to supply companies. It is solely not sustainable. 

For 10 years, CommUnify has absorbed practically $4 million in unfunded bills, overlaying deficits with our reserves with the intention to keep this countywide meal service. 

But we are able to now not function in a monetary gap, because it threatens the long-term monetary stability of the group. The solely solution to proceed offering nutritious meals to our low-income seniors, many who’re homebound, is with a further $600,000-$700,000 in everlasting funding.

Even with this quantity, our group would nonetheless be committing to fundraise roughly $400,000-$500,000 yearly simply to interrupt even.

Making issues worse, meals insecurity amongst seniors in the course of the pandemic has elevated and the demand for meals has soared. In April alone, CommUnify served greater than 17,000 meals countywide — and the requests from seniors proceed. 

Over the previous 12 months, we incurred extra prices related to COVID-19  In truth, with neighborhood eating websites closed, practically all meals needed to be delivered on to the seniors’ properties. This required extra workers, coaching, automobiles, gasoline and upkeep.

With the help of a really beneficiant philanthropic neighborhood, we have now been capable of deal with a few of these prices. But because the neighborhood wants ballooned and prices skyrocketed, funding has not stored tempo and our deficit has swelled previous $1 million yearly.

It is our hope that the local people will step in to supply the funding wanted to forestall the closure of CommUnify’s Senior Nutrition Program. It has been a privilege serving these most susceptible in our neighborhood for all these years, and we hope our program can proceed to satisfy this important primary want for individuals who helped to construct this neighborhood. We might be reached on-line at www.communifysb.org/senior-services/healthy-table, or by calling 800-655-0617. 

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