Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: August 25, 2010
Sen. Dan Newberry
Church-Affiliated Senior Meals Program Meets
In response to the Department of Human Services’ (DHS) budget-induced
reductions in senior feeding programs, Sen. Dan
Newberry this spring began working with a coalition of pastors
and community leaders in his district to replace the program with
new, privately funded centers at Glenpool Faith Church and the Glenpool
Community Center. The 25:40 Coalition is now serving 40 meals per
day, five days a week at a cost of $2 per meal. Comparatively, DHS
spent $115,550 to serve 23 meals per day in 2009 at the Redbud Village
Senior Center in Glenpool.
Newberry on Wednesday thanked Church leaders, volunteers and community
partners for their efforts and dedication.
“I’m tremendously proud of the program we have been
able to put together,” said Newberry, R-Tulsa. “The
response to an important need in our senior community has been tremendous.
I’ve always felt that the community must carry out the biblical
mandate to feed the hungry and serve the poor, and I’m pleased
that a private coalition is feeding more seniors at a lower cost
than the previous government program.”
Newberry noted that the 25:40 Coalition depends solely on volunteer
workers and donations. The coalition coordinates with local restaurants
to serve more than 1,000 meals a month to area seniors.
Pastor Toby Youngblood of Faith Church in Glenpool said his congregation
felt compelled to step in where the government stepped out.
“When Senator Newberry contacted us about the cuts to the
senior meal program, as a pastor, I was deeply concerned,”
he said. “Had it not been for his interest in communicating
this need to us, we believe that many of these people would still
be going hungry. We are thankful we can partner together with him
to meet the needs of our community.”
For more information, contact:
Sen. Newberry: (405) 521-5600