Senior citizens in DeWitt County will see the return of their Peace Meals on Friday in just two weeks.
October 3 is the target date for the daily hot meal program to return on Fridays. Sissy Leggett is the Executive Director of the DeWitt County Friendship Center and has been outspoken about the benefits the Peace Meal serves the senior population of the County. She says for over three years, seniors have gone without hot meals on Fridays, but that will change come the first Friday of the new month.
The Peace Meal program across the state has been through tough waters in recent years. Leggett notes, it was just last year, the program was set to close down permanently, but thanks to efforts of local citizens and lawmakers, the program stayed but remained a four day a week service.
There were many factors that went into the decision to do away with the warm meals on Fridays, including rising costs on just about everything. Leggett believes it was always the intent of the company who runs the program to return the meals to their regular Friday schedule.
Leggett stresses the Peace Meal program means a great deal to the seniors as a whole, but especially to home bound seniors. She explains the volunteers who deliver meal to those home bound seniors are in many cases, the only person to person contact they may have through the week.
Leggett says the Peace Meal is a great way for seniors who are new to DeWitt County or the Friendship Center to meet people and begin building friendships. She feels the regulars to the Friendship Center and their regular activities are very welcoming to the new faces they get.