Rotary Club to the rescue

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Rotarian Steve Basile assists with meal service alongside volunteer Marie Martusis and Café Manager Cherie Wickham. Submitted photo

Tuesdays and Thursdays are important days at the Granby Senior Center. Those are the days we serve Community Café Lunch. While many diners come for an affordable meal, even more important is the camaraderie and conversation they experience.

The program is primarily funded by the Older Americans Act of 1965 in order to ensure that seniors have an affordable meal option. Unfortunately the program has run into financial difficulties due to the overwhelming demand. As a result, there has been a cut back on the number of service days for all meal sites. For Granby, that means that no lunch will be provided on the first Thursday of every month.

We felt it was extremely important to provide two meals a week to the community. In order to prevent a disruption to the routine, we reached out to the Simsbury-Granby Rotary Club who came to the rescue. It has generously offered to fund the program from June through September. On March 5, participants enjoyed grilled ham and cheese sandwiches with tomato basil soup. 

We are extremely grateful to the Simsbury-Granby Rotary Club for supporting this effort.