In the FOIA request, Carper also asked about a response to a complaint about service at the East End Family Resource Center in Charleston.
"I think they're reasonable questions," Carper said. "It is public funds."
Hardy agrees that 20 years is too long for a government program to go without a competitive bidding process.
"Three years is too long," he said, adding that Kanawha County re-bids its insurance coverage every two or three years.
"I can't think of an instance in any case where bidding out a public contract led to a bad result," Hardy said. "It always leads to a good result.
"What's the worst that could happen?" he said. "The worst that could happen is you find out you've got a good vendor."
At least one local organization, the Charleston-based social services agency EnAct Inc., has said they would be interested in bidding on the Kanawha County senior nutrition program.
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