sanbernardino-thumb1The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors yesterday authorized $3.86 million to fund meal programs for seniors throughout the County, and over $71,000 of these funds will be directed to our community in the coming year. These programs, which include the twice-weekly meals offered through the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District, accounted for 281,540 communal meals and 316,644 delivered meals for seniors, county-wide, in the last year. Says County Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, “These programs serve thousands of seniors, many of whom are on fixed incomes and often struggle with monthly expenses. The meals themselves are important, but just as important is the opportunity to interact with others.” Within Big Bear, lunch is served to seniors, age 60 and over, at the Big Bear Senior Center at noon on Mondays, and at Mountain Meadows in the Village at noon on Tuesdays. As Tina Nazarian, who oversees the program for Rec & Park, tells KBHR, “They are fully nutritionally balanced meals overseen by a registered dietician, and prepared by Alpine Coffee Shop.” Next Monday’s meal will be taco salad with mixed melons and vanilla pudding; Tuesday’s offering is BarBQ pork ribs, potato salad, three bean salad, fruit cup and ice cream. Seniors can call the Big Bear Senior Center at 584-0323 to sign up for the lunch program.