Mathis Chazanov's poignant story (Times, March 18) that escalating costs have brought to an abrupt end (one agency's) provision of kosher meals for the elderly could have a happy ending after all.
The sponsoring Jewish Family Service's senior nutrition program need only change to an all vegetarian, vegan (non-dairy) menu to keep costs down while still conforming to kosher requirements and, at the same time, adding to the longevity of the seniors who consume the meals.
Senior citizens should note that progressive epidemiologists, nutritionists and physicians are, in increasing numbers, advocating a grain-centered, fiber-rich diet for health and longevity.
The financial crunch that confronts the Los Angeles Jewish community in providing hot, kosher meals for its old people may turn out to be providential. We need only turn to the high-fiber, low-fat diet that contains all of the protein, calcium and other minerals and vitamins needed not only to sustain life but also to prevent the ghastly diseases of a society that gorges on animal foods, white flour products and refined sugar.