Budget Cuts Coming To THE Kitchen

Staff at THE Kitchen is determined to continuing providing all services, despite drastic cuts to government funding this year.

"If we were going purely on last year's dollars, just last year's dollars alone, we're getting cut a third of what we had to provide those meals for our seniors," said THE Kitchen's Director of Development and Marketing Dominique Calhoun.

The Texas Area Agency on Aging is cutting $30,000 from The Red Door Senior Center alone.

There is a suggested donation of $3 for any senior eating at The Red Door, but the cost of just the raw food for one meal is $4.17. THE Kitchen relies on the generosity of the community to make up for the decreases in government funding.

"It goes back once again to the men and women of this community that have supported us for over 45 years now," said Calhoun. "Those individuals, those private donations that we receive for our program, are really what sustain us."

THE Kitchen includes four programs: Meals on Wheels, The Red and Green Door Senior Centers and Kids Cafe. Through these entities, THE Kitchen provides 1,700 meals a day.