The Age-Friendly Program Elliot Lake council put into place to help seniors over 70 during the COVID-19 restrictions will end soon.

Council was not united in its decision to cut the program without providing some time to transition especially with the hike in food prices and inflation.

Both councillors Norman Mann and Sandy Finamore expressed concerns about the city not offering an alternative, especially for seniors who are homebound.

Treasurer Amy Sonnenberg says the program provided delivery to 52 people for a total of 82 deliveries, averaging about seven per day during the week.

However, the council decided that the program will end on February 11th.

CAO Daniel Gagnon informed the council a newsletter will also go out to city households by month’s end to hopefully recruit private delivery services wishing to make their pitch as a replacement for the city’s clients.