VERO BEACH ― The Vero Beach City Council has approved a proposal from City Manager Monte Falls to reallocate $182,124 in CARES Act funds to support food delivery programs through the Treasure Coast Food Bank and the Senior Resource Association.
The funds are part of the city’s $610,736 COVID-19 allocation. Mr. Falls had reported in October that the city had reduced its direct expenditures by $182,124.
Vero Beach Finance Director Cynthia Lawson said that the funds had to be spent by Dec. 31. By sending those funds to TCFB and the SRA for food programs, the funds could benefit the community and be spent prior to the deadline, while minimizing the costs of administration for those programs.
Senior Resource Association CEO Karen Deigl said the funds would support their Meals on Wheels program. According to Ms. Deigl, the SRA is supplying over 400 meals a day, which she said is an 80% increase since the pandemic began. Ms. Deigl said that these dollars are essential, adding that with the number of people they are now serving, they are in desperate need for more volunteers.
The proposal to transfer the CARES Act funds was approved unanimously by the Vero Beach City Council.