continued Caveny said the Meals on Wheels program administrators met at the end of August and verified the need to end the program the first week of September. They tried to find other providers in Auburn and the surrounding areas to make the meals, but were unable to find an organization that could do it at a reasonable cost, she said.
The Athenaeum also reached out to its local contacts in the surrounding area to assist in finding a replacement service, also to no immediate avail, Scarr said.
“The Athenaeum has served us very well. We totally understood. It was a blessing to have such local help for so long,” Caveny said. “Everybody ended on a positive note, just a sad one.”
Both Caveny and Scarr said they retain hope that some new food provider may be found and the service may be able to be restarted in the future.
The Meals on Wheels program notified its users in person and in writing recently about the ending of the service on Nov. 30, hoping that the advance notice was enough for the families to find alternate solutions, Caveny said.
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