Seniors wait for meals in Jeff Davis parish - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Seniors wait for meals in Jeff Davis parish

By Brandon Richards - bio | email

JENNINGS, LA (KPLC) – Paul Lyons visits the Jeff Davis Council on the Aging Agency every day to receive a free lunch.

And for Lyons, the free meal isn't just about eating. It gives Lyons an opportunity to interact with others.

"Play bingo and eat," laughs Lyons. "I like it. I like to get out of the house everyday, have fun. I have something to do."

And for seniors who are not able to move around like Lyons, the Jeff Davis Meals on Wheels program is a blessing. Currently 80 seniors in Jeff Davis receive a daily lunch delivered by Meals on Wheels.

However, 125 senior names sit on a waiting list. There is simply not enough money to provide meals to these seniors.

"We only get x-amount of dollars from state and federal funding to feed the seniors," said Jeff Davis Council on the Aging Transportation Coordinator Rhonda Broussard. "As our expenses go up, the money doesn't."

COA Accountant Kaly Gist-Jones is hoping to change that by spearheading an Adopt –a-Senior program.

Gist-Jones hopes to get individuals, families and businesses to donate enough money to feed one senior each day, which costs $6.78.

"A lot of people spend that, $6.78, on nothing everyday," said Broussard. "You want your children to go to school. They get a healthy meal, so why can't a senior?"

Adopt-a-Senior is not a new idea. The program has been done elsewhere and worked and the JD Council on the Aging is hoping it'll work in Jeff Davis too.

Anyone interested in being part of the program, or anyone interested in just donating money to the Jeff Davis Meals on Wheels Program is asked to call the Jeff Davis Council on the Aging (337)377-5504.

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