Fairfield Senior Center officials hope to get Thursday lunches back on the menu as soon as possible.

Starting this month, there will be no lunch served on Thursdays, unless some other funding is found.

The Elderly Nutrition Program provides meals to senior centers, senior housing complexes and Meals on Wheel, but with demand exceeding available funding, the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging has had to cut back on its subsidy for meals, according to Marie L. Allen, executive director for the SWCAA.

"Funding for the nutrition program has been stagnant against a backdrop of increasing food and transportation costs and rising demand," Allen said.

The cutbacks mean towns will have to explore other "creative ways to offer meals or to ask seniors to pay for the meal on the day the subsidy can't provide funds," Allen said.

Allen said the subsidy for one day has been cut for all sites in the greater Bridgeport region.

"In our case, we are using our side supplies until we come up with a plan we can use until the situation is resolved," said Claire Grace, the Fairfield Senior Center director.

At the Fairfield center, a $2 donation is suggested per meal, and reservations must be made two days in advance. Meals offered range from stuffed cabbage to lemon pepper fish, and include desserts like ice cream and pears in lime Jell-O.

greilly@ctpost.com; 203-556-2771; http://twitter.com/GreillyPost