With the return of lunches for senior citizens from the Macomb County Agency on Aging 1‐B Oct. 11, Shelby Township Clerk Stanley Grot said he was happy to have stepped up when the program was halted because of budget cuts, but he was more proud of the awareness that he was able to raise.
Grot said that, while the lunches he and several private caterers provided nutritious meals for seniors, the awareness was perhaps more valuable as it opened eyes to the financial needs of some of his community’s senior citizens.
“Shelby Township is a very blessed community in that we have many people, who have been able to fulfill their dreams and have earned a comfortable lifestyle doing so,” Grot said. “But that does not mean that our community doesn’t have some folks that need a helping hand from time to time.
“These senior citizens built our community and nation into what it is, and we have a duty to repay our debt to them when they need it.”
After discovering that the Macomb County Agency on Aging 1‐B cut off meals for senior citizens, Grot began providing complimentary lunches to Shelby Township senior citizens April 12 at the Shelby Township Senior Center.
Grot continued his service every week for the next four Fridays as he personally sponsoring meals for seniors. Following Grot’s example, other private‐sector parties, such as Palazzo Grande Banquet and Event Center and Crank’s Catering owned by Jeff Crank located at 21 Mile and Hayes roads, stepped‐in to provide lunches like a full‐course meal consisting of barbeque chicken, spaghetti, mashed potatoes and green beans.
“When Clerk Grot told me that senior citizens were no longer receiving lunch on Friday, it broke my heart,” said Jeff Crank, owner of Crank’s Catering.
“A heart‐felt thank you goes out to good people such as Jeff Crank, who cares about the community he does business in” Grot said.
Source: Stanley Grot