Funding for Elderly Feeding Program Cut

For the first time in six years, the HOPE Center of North Lufkin's feeding program has been cut.

Many low income residents, senior citizens, and children benefit from the free hot lunches, but the program ended February 1st because of funding cuts. Now, the HOPE Center is counting on donations from area churches and residents to get the program started again.

The meals are delivered to Lufkin residents throughout the week and during the summer when kids are out of school.

Executive Director Linda Pendland said, "The Angelina County Emergency Food and Shelter money that was sent in was cut and so the funding that we got for our feeding program was cut. We feed from 68 people to 70 a day, and with summer coming up we have a lot of children that we are feeding."

If you'd like to make a donation to the HOPE Center, you can drop it off at the office on Cain Street.

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