Free senior dinners canceled through ’08 |

Free senior dinners canceled through ’08

VFW officials look for new location for event

Bridget Manley

Free senior dinners are offered monthly by the Ladies' Auxiliary of VFW Post 4265 at the VFW building, 419 E. Victory Way. The dinners will be canceled for November and December. In the past, the Ladies' Auxiliary and the VFW Steakhouse have used the building's kitchen facilities. Because the restaurant began serving breakfast, however, the kitchen can no longer accommodate both groups, steakhouse manager Penny Nelson said.

A free monthly dinner offered to local senior citizens will be canceled for the next two months.

The meals, which are put on by the Ladies’ Auxiliary of VFW Post No. 4265, will be not be offered in November or December. They could be discontinued longer if the Ladies’ Auxiliary can’t find another location to host the monthly event.

Previously, senior dinners were put on using kitchen facilities in the VFW building, 419 E. Victory Way.

The newly renamed VFW Steakhouse, also located in the VFW building, also uses the kitchen.

Since the restaurant began serving breakfast Sept. 16, there’s not enough room for restaurant staff and auxiliary members to use the kitchen at the same time, said Penny Nelson, VFW Steakhouse manager and Ladies’ Auxiliary member.

“We’re working on some different options so we don’t have to do away with senior dinners,” she said. “But right now : we can’t do it.”

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Senior dinners were offered on the first Saturday of every month at the VFW and brought in about 100 seniors each, Nelson said.

From her perspective, attempting to prepare for a senior dinner and offer breakfast service at the same time wasn’t working.

“It’s not about funds, and it’s not about manpower,” she said. “We have both of those.”

Instead, she said, the issue came down to space and materials.

There’s a possibility that the senior dinners could start again at another location. Bud Nelson, VFW district commander, has offered to approach the Moffat County Commissioners to ask whether they would donate the fairgrounds pavilion one day a month for the Ladies’ Auxiliary to use for senior dinners.

That option would give the monthly dinners a home. Still, it may not be a practical solution.

“All of our supplies are kept there right at the VFW,” said Mary Walters, Ladies’ Auxiliary president. “So we’re going to have to pick up and move everything somewhere else.”

And, with as few as two other auxiliary members to help relocate the operation, hosting senior dinners in any other location may not be feasible, she said.

Ladies’ Auxiliary members are scheduled to meet next month to discuss the future location of the senior dinner program.