Island Senior: Seniors Celebrate the Sixties for Meals on Wheels and More

Posted March 31, 2017 at 5:23 am by

“Mamas and Papas” Cal­lie Daniel McK­ay, Gail Les­chine-Seitz, Ian Cassi­nos, and Ben­jamin Spauld­ing — Pho­to Peg­gy Sue McRae

By Peg­gy Sue McRae…

It said on the poster “60’s attire encour­aged” so I put on my love beads and pinned a peace sign to my jack­et before attend­ing the Mullis Center’s, March for Meals to a 60s Beat, a ben­e­fit for Meals on Wheels and More. This spe­cial lunch was well attend­ed by tie-dye wear­ing “flower chil­dren” of all ages.

Besides being served a deli­cious lunch we were enter­tained by live music. Fea­tured musi­cian Paul Arroyo ser­e­nad­ed us through lunch with songs by Gor­don Light­foot, Woody Guthrie, and Buf­fa­lo Spring­field to name a few. Then as a grand finale the kitchen crew gave us a live­ly ren­di­tion of the Mamas and Papas, Cal­i­for­nia Dream­ing. Some of us couldn’t help but sing along.

“Flower Child” Cyn­thia Olsen — Pho­to Peg­gy Sue McRae

I spoke to Julie Mey­ers, the direc­tor of Meals on Wheels and More for both San Juan and What­com coun­ties. Meals on Wheels pro­grams have been in the news late­ly due to the president’s pro­posed bud­get cuts. Our pro­gram gets about a third of its fund­ing from the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment, the rest comes from dona­tions, grants, and city or coun­ty sources. “The loss of fed­er­al funds would be painful,” said Mey­ers, “and pro­grams would have to be restruc­tured if those funds are cut.” But this, I was told, is not cause for pan­ic. Wendy Stephens, our Senior Ser­vices Man­ag­er rec­om­mends, “Let’s not spec­u­late about what may be.” It is not clear at all that these bud­get cuts will actu­al­ly take place. Stephens does not want islanders to wor­ry and has con­fi­dence that what­ev­er hap­pens our com­mu­ni­ty will not let our seniors go with­out meals.

Mey­ers sug­gest­ed that it would not hurt to con­tact your rep­re­sen­ta­tives if these pro­grams, both Meals on Wheels and reg­u­lar senior lunch­es, are impor­tant to you. “Per­son­al let­ters make a dif­fer­ence, let them know what these pro­grams mean to you.” Oth­er ways to sup­port these pro­grams are to donate mon­ey or time by vol­un­teer­ing. There is always a need for dri­vers, kitchen helpers, and more.

In 1967 the Bea­t­les asked the musi­cal ques­tion, “Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m six­ty-four?” Here at the Mullis Cen­ter the answer is… yes! We do need you and we will feed you. You don’t even have to be sixty-four.

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One comment...

  1. Fan­tas­tic!! What a GREAT pro­gram! Thanks to all the vol­un­teers that make it hap­pen. Bravo!

    Comment by alison on March 31, 2017 at 8:02 am

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